Pickens County News

Pickens County gears up for Congressional Medal of Honor Dedications

Published: May 13, 2015

By Olivia Fowler

Pickens County has designated Saturday June 6 as Congressional Medal of Honor Dedication to pay tribute to its four Medal of Honor recipient and to recognize their families. The two hour event begins at 10 a.m. in the newly renovated Liberty Civic Auditorium where Councilman Trey Whitehurst will be the emcee. A biographical video “The Life of Four Heroes” will be shown. This 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...

Leadership Pickens County Class of 2015 Landscaping Hagood Community Center

Published: April 2, 2015

The purpose of Leadership Pickens County, sponsored by the Chambers of Commerce and the Leadership Pickens Board of Regents, is to organize and implement a framework of experiences for emerging community leaders to become better informed and more actively involved in the decision-making processes of their communities. Through participant involvement in the community endeavors of Leadership Pickens, members will be equipped with the skills and information to contribute to the betterment of Their communities in Pickens County.

South Carolina to honor Folk Heritage Award winners

Published: March 26, 2015

Congratulations to the James Brothers of Lyman, S.C., and to Betty McDaniel, of Pickens, S.C., who have been named the 2015 Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award recipients! The awards will be presented May 13 in Columbia at Southside Baptist Church, 702 Whaley St., during a special concert and ceremony beginning at 6:15 p.m. The ceremony is free and open to the public.



Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Awards

Published: March 26, 2015

2015 Recipient: Betty McDaniel
Advocacy - Southern Appalachian Culture

Betty McDaniel, a resident of Pickens, S.C., is a life-long educator. She has degrees from the University of North Carolina, Clemson, and the University of South Carolina. She started her teaching career in 1974 and retired in 2012. For more than 35 years, McDaniel has pursued a passion for cultural heritage and traditional music in the Upstate.


Published: January 21, 2015

The County Of Pickens is now accepting Accommodations Tax Funding Applications for projects for the 2014-2015 Fiscal year from organizations involved in tourism-related activities or projects...


The Happy Berry wins sustainable farming award

Published: December 22, 2014

By Caitlin Herrington

SIX MILE — hose who have been to The Happy Berry in the height of summer to pick blueberries or blackberries know it’s easy to work up a sweat on the 20-acre farm.

But what many don’t know is that spot is, on average, nine degrees warmer than a half-mile down the road — and that’s just the way owner Walker Miller planned it.

Miller and his wife, Ann, have spent the last 35 years working to get their farm to produce crops year-round while interfering with the environment as little as possible. Choosing a plot of land less likely to freeze was just the first of many selective decisions, and their efforts were recognized recently at the annual Carolina Farm Stewardship Association meeting when the group named Walker as Farmer of the Year.