Tax Free Weekend ...

Tax Free Weekend

August Friday 1- Sunday August 3, 2014

Computers, school supplies, clothing

Note that Pickens County businesses will still charge 1% local option sales tax.

Liberty Touchdown Club Yard Sale ...

Liberty Touchdown Club Yard Sale Fundraiser 

@ Meinders Automotive 
(Anderson Highway/178/Liberty Denim area)

8AM -1PM

            Saturday July 26, 2014

Updated July 2014 Precipitation Totals

The yearly total precipitation is now at 24.09 inches, which is average for the year so far.

Last year, the month of July had 26 inches alone.

The area usually averages 4.1" of precipitation in the month of July.

• Downtown Liberty received 1.59" of precipitation in the week ending Friday July 25, 2014 8:15AM.

Cloudy skies are expected to give way to sunshine later this afternoon.

* The measurements are official from SCDNR.

Jail Blotter For June 25 - July 25, 2014

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

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Ret. Col. Ralph B. Hemphill Of Liberty Passes ...

Ret. Col. Ralph B. Hemphill
Liberty, SC

Ret. Col. Ralph B. Hemphill, 65, husband of Norma Hunter Hemphill, went to be with the Lord Monday, July 21, 2014.

Born in Greenville, he was the son of the late Ralph R. and Kathryn Hemphill.

Mr. Hemphill retired from the US Army and was a retired auditor for the Internal Revenue Service. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Easley.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are two sons, R. Jason Hemphill (Rebekah) of Pickens and Adam B. Hemphill (Nicole) of Easley; a sister, Patricia Henderson (Danny) of Cleveland, TN; and five grandchildren, Justin, Emma Grayce, Anna Huntyr, Jessica and Gavin Hemphill.

Visitation will be Friday, July 25, 2014 from 1:30 to 2:45PM at Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Downtown. The Funeral Service will follow at 3:00PM in the Downtown Chapel. Burial will be in Woodlawn Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of Easley, P O Box 582, Easley, SC 29641.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Hook & Ladder BBQ in Liberty Robbed .. Owners Offering Reward

From Hook & Ladder BBQ: 
Hook and Ladder would like to send thanks to Liberty Police Department for their fast response and super amazing professionalism tonight after our robbery. They showed compasion and profesionalism through the entire process. Everyone is safe and we will have the restaurant back in order and we will be open to our amazing guest Friday morning as normal. We have no doubt that Liberty Police will bring the person or persons responsible to answer for this crime. In addition to the police investigation Hook and Ladder and myself David the owner extends two things out there. 1. All liberty Police Officers are welcome to come in and Dine on my tab this Friday or Saturday. 2. David and Hook and Ladder will herby be offering a $1000.00 cash reward to anyone who gives information which directly leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible. Again we thank the Police Department for their service and we hope to see our valued guest this Friday and Saturday. We are strong and this will not slow us down we love the amazing people of Liberty and we will continue to be here and as the sign says go from Neighbors to Friends!! We thank everyone in Liberty and surrounding area for their support during this time. Just to note we do allow CWP holders in our establishment. Please be sure and share so maybe the person or persons can be brought to Justice.

City Of Liberty To Host Community Yard Sale

From The City Of Liberty:
Time to rid your home of items you're not using?

Join the Community Rummage Sale to take place next Saturday, July 19, 2014 at the Rosewood Center!

It's a great location with lots of traffic (beside Ingles on Highway 93) and we'll do all the publicity work for you!

Indoor tables are $20 and an outdoor space (bring your own table) is $10.

Reserve your spot at City Hall or call 843-3177 extension 6 with questions.

Floyd Ramey If Liberty Passes ...

Floyd Ramey
Liberty, SC

Funeral services to honor the life of Mr. Ramey will be held Friday at 2:00 PM at Liberty Church of God of Prophecy, 373 Black Bottom Road, Liberty SC. Visitation will be Thursday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 PM at Liberty Mortuary. Burial will be at Westview Cemetery.

Floyd Lee Ramey, 61, of 122 Patterson Road passed away peacefully, Tuesday July 15, 2014 at his residence after a 4 year courageous battle with cancer. Born in Pickens, he was the husband of Carolyn Kay Reece Ramey of the home and a son of the late Roy and Lula Bell Barton Ramey. He was retired from Climate Control and loved watching all types of racing. He also loved attending church at Liberty Church of God of Prophecy.

Surviving in addition to his wife are 4 daughters, Lisa James(Rex) of Spartanburg, Terri White(Tony) of Pickens, Christine Burgess(Cal) of Cleveland and Becky Ramey Martin(Robbie) of Central; a son, Daryl Hellams(Taffie) of Liberty; 3 sisters, Dorothy Kelly, Lola Rowland and Carolyn McCall all of Liberty; a brother, Michael Ramey of Liberty; 12 grandchildren; and 5 great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents he was predeceased by 2 sisters, Patricia Leard and Thelma Burns; a brother, James Ramey; and a great granddaughter, Jadyn Harris.

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

J.T. Hathcock Of Liberty Passes ..

J.T. Hathcock
Liberty, SC

Funeral services to honor the life of Mr. Hathcock will be 3:00 PM Wednesday at East Side Baptist Church, where he was a member. Burial will follow at Liberty Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service in the church sanctuary.

James T. “J.T.” Hathcock, 86, of Liberty, passed away on Monday July 14, 2014 at St. Francis Hospital. Born in Stanley County, North Carolina he was a son of the late William Dewey and Lizzie Brooks Hathcock.

He was a resident of Stanley County, North Carolina all his life until moving to Liberty after retirement.

Surviving are his wife, Carol Hathcock of the home; a son and daughter-in-law, Tony and Crystal Hathcock of Liberty; a sister, Reba Byrd of Oakboro, NC.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Ned Hathcock.

Memorial messages may be sent to the family by visiting

Liberty Woman Finds $200,000 Lottery Ticket In Purse

From The SC Education Lottery:
A Liberty woman, who wants to remain anonymous, found more than spare change at the bottom of her purse. Cleaning out her bag she stumbled upon a lottery ticket worth $200,000.

“I about had a heart attack,” she said after checking to see that the crumpled up ticket matched every single number drawn in Palmetto Cash 5’s Saturday drawing (13, 16, 28, 31 and 32).

“Honey, I think we won the Lottery,” she screamed.

The couple took off from work to deliver the ticket to the Lottery’s office in Columbia.

“I’m still so nervous,” the winner told lottery officials waiting for her name to be called to accept her winnings.

Spending the extra $1 for Power-Up doubled her $100,000 prize.

American Legion Liberty Post ...

The American Legion of Liberty meets the third Monday of each month @ Tge Rosewood Center next to Ingles of Liberty @7PM

LHS Cheerleading Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser / Cross Country Fundraiser Planned

LHS Cheerleading is hosting a pancake breakfast this Saturday July 12, 2014 8AM-10AM @ Applebees in Easley.

Tickets are only $5.00 and will be sold at the door.

There will be a drawing for a free Applebee’s dinner for two!

The Liberty High School Cross Country Team will be at the Central Wal-Mart this Saturday from 10AM until after lunch collecting donations to help with travel expenses for the team for this upcoming season.

Stop by the Central Wal-Mart on Saturday July 12, 2014 and contribute to the team's collection efforts to help with their travel and team expenses.

Kay Alexander Of Liberty Passes ...

Kay Alexander
Liberty, SC

Lolita Kay Ruth Watson Alexander, 61, wife of Virgil Clifton Alexander, passed away Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at St. Francis Hospital.

Born in Valdosta, GA, to the late Angus Terrell Watson, Sr., and Kathryn Lolita Byrd Smith, Kay was a graduate of Tri-County Technical College where she also worked in the Admissions Department. She enjoyed swimming, making jewelry, Pandora bracelets, as well as other crafts, attending yard sales and spending time with her grandchildren who meant so much to her. Mrs. Alexander was also a dedicated primary member of the Easley Chapter 200 O.E.S, and a duel member of the Liberty Chapter 80 O.E.S.

Surviving, in addition to her husband, are a son, Michael Phillip Alexander of Liberty; four daughters, Sandra Malone (John) of Piedmont, Katie Wilson (Joey) of Easley, Bobbi Jo Stewart (Michael) of Liberty and Chantel Reynolds of Liberty; a brother, Angus Watson, Jr. of Nashville, GA; three sisters, Grace Watson of Easley, Betty Phillips of Perry, GA and Wanda Makuch of Warner Robbins, GA; nine grandchildren, Michael Wilson, James Stewart, Michelle Wilson, Amanda Stewart, Kara Malone, Kaylee Stewart, Brittany Malone, Hannah Gambrell and Abbey Wilson; and five great-grandchildren, Bentley Moore, Cassidy Holland, Cash Moore, Kylie Wilson and Emma Stewart.

Funeral services will be 11:00AM Saturday, July 12, 2014 in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park.

Visitation will be from 6:00PM until 8:00PM Friday at Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown.

The family is at the home of Katie Wilson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Easley Chapter 200 OES, P.O. Box 2566, Easley, SC 29641.

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

* Information gathered from

Ty Garren Of Liberty Passes ...

W. Ty Garren
Liberty, SC

W. Ty Garren, passed away Thursday, July 3, 2014 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

The son of Ronnie Garren and the late Carolyn Myra Bishop Garren, Ty was an officer with Protection Services at the Duke Energy Oconee Nuclear Station.

Ty spent many years serving the community as a law enforcement officer, fireman and volunteer coach at the Pickens Recreation Department. He truly loved life and his family. He spent his days off with his children, helping coach them in their respective athletic pursuits, teaching them archery, and supporting them in all school activities. He loved his work and his work family. He enjoyed golf, camping and fishing. Over the years, many special fishing trips were spent in the company of his fishing buddy, Uncle Fred.

Ty will be remembered for his smile, his willingness to step in and volunteer, his generosity and his service to his community.

Ty is survived by his wife, Amanda Renee Garren of the home; his children, Brody, Kenzie, Banner, Patrick and Elizabeth; his sister, Alicia Posey and her husband Travis and their four children.

Visitation will be from 5:30 until 8:30PM Sunday at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be at 2:00PM Monday in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery.

Condolences may be expressed online at or at the funeral home.

I ♥Liberty July 4th Celebration

I ♥ Liberty / 4th Of July Celebration 

Love My Liberty celebration – Saturday, July 5, 2014 @ City of Liberty football stadium (Hwy 93).  3-Count Pro Wrestling at 5PM.

Dunk your favorite wrestlers, get pictures, autographs, etc.  

Gates open @ 2PM

Wrestling Event is $10 adult admission. 

Children 10 & under free.  

Free admission after 6:30PM for community celebration – live music, games, food & a fireworks grand finale after dark! (9:30PM estimate)

Widespread Car Seat Recall

Baby/Toddler/Parent accessory and childcare equipment manufacturer GRACO has made a very widespread recall on their in car child safety seats.

The seats may jam and malfunction preventing easy harness removal in an emergency.

Please review your child's seat and visit GRACOBABY.COM for more details.

Randy “Pete” Leslie Of Liberty Passes ...

Randy “Pete” Leslie
Liberty, SC

Funeral services to honor Pete’s life will be 2:00 PM Monday, June 30, 2014 at Golden Creek Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Randy McAlister. Burial will be at Liberty Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

Randy “Pete” Leslie, 57, of 238 Joyce Road, died Friday, June 27, 2014 at St. Francis Hospital. Born in Greenville he was a son of Betty Brown Leslie and the late Tommy Lawrence Leslie.

He was employed by Plastic Omnium, and was a member of Golden Creek Baptist Church. His hobbies included camping, watching football & racing, and shooting pool.

Surviving in addition to his mother of Liberty, are his wife, Donna McAlister Leslie of the home; two sons, Chad Leslie of Easley, and Cody Leslie (Brittany) of Piedmont; a sister, Kathy Brewer of Easley; five brothers, Steve Lesley of Anderson, Nick Leslie of Greenville, Freddie Leslie of Liberty, Victor Leslie of Easley, and Keith Leslie of Liberty; two grandchildren, Ryder and Micah Leslie; his mother in law, June A. McAlister of Easley; two brother in laws, Rev. Randy McAlister and David McAlister both of Liberty.

The family will be at the home. In lieu of flowers memorials are requested to Golden Creek Baptist Church, Youth Fund, 477 Golden Creek Road, Liberty SC 29657.

Memorial messages may be sent to the family by visiting

 Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements

* Information gathered from

Updated June 2014 Precipitation Totals

June usually averages 3.8" each year .

• Downtown Liberty received 0.08" of precipitation during the 24 hour period ending 6:30AM Sunday June 29, 2014.

2.33" of precipitation so far this month.

The yearly total now stands at 22.51"


Dock Sanders Jr. Of Liberty Passes ...

Dock Sanders, Jr.
Liberty, SC

The Unity Mortuary of Anderson announces the passing of Mr. Dock Sanders , Jr., age 68 , of 125 Old School House Road, Liberty ,SC , who departed this life on Thursday, June 26, 2014 . 

Funeral plans will be announced at a later date . 

The family is at the home. 

Leigh Robinson Of Liberty Passes ...

Leigh Robinson
Liberty, SC

Funeral services to honor the life of Mrs. Robinson will be held Thursday at 11:00 AM in the Liberty Mortuary Chapel. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at Liberty Mortuary. Burial will be at Abbott Cemetery.

Elizabeth Leatrice “Leigh” Lewis Robinson, 89, of 109 Venture Drive died Tuesday at Redeemer Health & Rehab in Pickens. Born in Iva, she was the widow of Claude Edgar “Ed” Robinson, Jr. and a daughter of the late William Ralph and Lillian Howell Lewis. She was retired from Clemson University and most recently worked at Hardee’s in Liberty. She was a member of Ruhamah Baptist Church.

Surviving are a daughter, Cheryl Gilliam of Seneca; a son, Jimmy “Butch” Houston(Pat) of Clover; 2 sisters, Glenda Garrett of Seneca and Barbara Ivey of Utah; 4 granddaughters, Kim, Kelly, Fara and Cassandra; and 7 great grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents she was predeceased by a brother, Bill Lewis; and a grandson, Scotty Head.

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

Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.

* Information gathered from

Avanelle Gravley Gaunce (formerly of Liberty) Passes ...

Avanelle Gravley Gaunce
(formerly of Liberty, SC)

Avanelle Gravley Gaunce, 82, of Pauline, SC, died Sunday, June 22, 2014, at Mary Black Memorial Hospital. 

Born September 21, 1931, in Liberty, SC, she was the daughter of the late Carey and Lillie Gilstrap Gravley.

Mrs. Gaunce attended Asbury College in Wilmore, KY, received her BA Degree from Limestone College, and a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from USC. An avid reader, she taught Exceptional Children at Whitten Center in Clinton, SC and in Union County, SC. She was a member of Philadelphia Baptist Church, enjoyed the Truth Seekers Sunday School Class, and was a choir member. She was also a member of Retired Teachers of Spartanburg County and Spartanburg County B.E.S.T. Child Evangelism.

Survivors include her children, Deborah Gaunce Huitt, Carol Gaunce Hazel (Rick), and ElaineGaunce Webb (Larry); and four grandchildren, Karey, Jamie, Justin, and Annabelle. She was predeceased by her husband, James RichardGaunce; and daughter, Belinda Frances Gaunce.

Visitation was 7:00-9:00 PM Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel, 2075 E. Main St., Spartanburg, SC 29307. 

Funeral services were conducted at 11:00AM Thursday, June 26, 2014, at Philadelphia Baptist Church, 3119 Highway 56, Pauline, SC 29374, by the Rev. Charles Eaton. 

Burial will be in Philadelphia Baptist Church Cemetery.

Honorary escort is the Truth Seekers Sunday School Class.

Memorials may be made to Asbury University, OneMacklem Drive, Wilmore, KY 40390; or Philadelphia Baptist Church Building Fund, PO Box 220, Pauline, SC 29374.

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