Pickens County News

Quilter of the Year Program

Published: February 2, 2016

February 2, 2016
For Immediate Release
Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail
Martha File, 864-273-6603

Quilter of the Year Program

The Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail has sponsored the Quilter of the Year Program since 2010. It began in Oconee County and now has been expanded to include Anderson and Pickens Counties. The program will be rotating the nominations by county. The 2016 nominees will be from Anderson County, 2017 Pickens County and 2018 Oconee County. Then the cycle will repeat. Nominations will only be accepted for residents of that year’s county. Nominees do not have to be a member of a guild or other formal quilting association or group. Nominations have to be submitted on the application form by date due...

Volunteers for Docents Needed at the Hagood-Mauldin House

Published: February 1, 2016

We need volunteers for Docents at the Hagood-Mauldin House.  The home is located at 104 N. Lewis St, Pickens and open from April through October on the third Saturday each month from10 am. to 4 pm.   Four people are assigned each Saturday and you would volunteer for April during the Azalea Festival and one or at the most two other Saturdays during the months open.  The duties would consist oflearning about the Hagood-Mauldin House and be assigned to one or two rooms to tell about the home and furnishings. Period clothing is not required.

This would be a wonderful opportunity to help the Pickens County Historical Society and learn more about this beautiful home moved to Pickens in l868.If you are interested in volunteering to be a Docent, please contact

Martha Seaborn-Bolding 421-4771 or e-mail [email protected] by March 1.

Mr. McNeill will not be comming to Pickens County

Published: December 2, 2015

Press Release: Pickens County Council Office:

December 2, 2015

"Pickens County Council learned yesterday that County Administrator-designate David McNeill has decided to remain in his current position with Transylvania County Government.  


Mr. David Allen McNeill new Pickens County Administrator

Published: November 17, 2015

Press Release:

Pickens County Council is pleased to announce that during its regular called Council Meeting on November 16, 2015, the Council voted to hire Mr. David Allen McNeill as the new Pickens County Administrator. Mr. McNeill will join the staff on January 4, 2016.

David McNeill has devoted his professional life to public service and comes to Pickens County with 27 years of experience, and 19 of those years in Administrative Management. He holds a B.S. and a Masters of Public Affairs from Western Carolina University.  Mr. McNeill has spent the majority of his public service with Transylvania County, North Carolina where he currently holds the title of County Operations Manager; he is directly responsible for Emergency Medical, Emergency Management, Addressing, Communications, Building and Grounds Maintenance, Animal Control and the office of Fire Marshal. Prior to his employment with Transylvania County, Mr. McNeill worked in Montgomery County, Guilford County and Moore County in North Carolina.

Mr. McNeill is married to Sandra Greene McNeill and they have 3 children Allen, Nathan and Makayla.    

Pickens County welcomes Mr. McNeill and looks forward to a positive transition.

Southern Wesleyan University dedicated the Rev. Leroy C. Cox Tennis Complex

Published: November 2, 2015

November 2, 2015 

Southern Wesleyan University dedicated the Rev. Leroy C. Cox Tennis Complex Oct. 28 on its campus in Central. Pictured from left are Dr. Lisa McWherter, SWU’s vice president for advancement; Dr. Thomas Cox, Leroy’s son; and Dr. Todd Voss, SWU president. 

Tim Newton, right, expresses his appreciation for having one of the complex’s tennis courts named for him by his sister as McWherter, SWU Tennis Coach Darrell Jernigan and members of the Tennis Team look on. 

Dr. Joe Brockinton, right, SWU vice president for student life, was pleasantly surprised when the university named one of the complex’s courts in his honor as a result of his love for tennis, support for SWU athletics and financial support of the complex campaign. 

When completed, Southern Wesleyan University’s six-court tennis complex will not only house the men’s and women’s tennis programs, but will also be open to the community and is anticipated to be a future venue for numerous camps and workshops in conjunction with the U.S. Tennis Association (USTA).

The McKissick Center for Senior Wellness is Officially Open!

Published: September 29, 2015

The McKissick Center is the home of the newly established Pickens County Meals on Wheels kitchen, its home-delivered meal program, and the Young at Heart dining and activity program. An official grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony was held July 24, 2015. Notable guests included: SC Lt. Governor, Henry McMaster; Director of the Office on Aging, Yancey McGill; McKissick Family Foundation member, Robert Thomas; Senator Larry Martin; Representative Neal Collins and Pickens County Councilman, G. Neil Smith.