Pickens County News

10 Small Towns In South Carolina That Offer Nothing But Peace And Quiet

Published: September 12, 2016

There’s no doubt about it – living in a small community has many advantages over living in the big city, especially if you enjoy your peace and quiet. These small places in South Carolina offer nothing but peace and quiet.

1. Pacolet 

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This quiet little town is just far enough removed to be the perfect spot for peace and quiet. But, in 15-20 minutes, residents of Pacolet can get to Spartanburg for shopping, fun or just to get out. Another option: Croft State Park offers hiking and a chance to change it up once in a while.

2. Six Mile

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Six Mile in South Carolina's Upstate is a popular town. It's super close to Lake Keowee and has an active population of approximately 600 residents


Central council backs Green Cresent Trail Project

Published: September 9, 2016

Greenville News - Pickens County News - by Ron Barnett

Central Town Council has formally endorsed the Green Crescent Trail project which would create a 35-mile recreational trail connecting the town with Clemson and other destinations in the area, according to a resolution...read entire article in detail section.


Pickens hopes for the right kind of "happening" downtown

Published: September 9, 2016

Greenville News - Ron Barnett

The city of Pickens, according to Wilson Perkins, has “good bones.”

It has good people, too, and a great location, he says.

It’s the kind of place that could easily develop into a destination like other towns along the edge of the mountains have – such as Travelers Rest, Landrum, Hendersonville, or Clayton, Georgia, said Perkins, the newly appointed director of the Pickens Revitalization Association.

“I just want to get more of the right kind of businesses downtown and make it more of a happening place,” he said.

There are plenty of available buildings – those good bones of downtown – that are ripe for being turned into businesses like a barbecue place, or a craft brewery, he said.

“With the Doodle Trail and everything we’ve got going, it could really be an awesome place in the next few years,” he said. “We can put Pickens on the map."

With his background in sales, selling prospective businesses on the virtues of the courthouse town on the edge of the Blue Ridge won’t be hard, he said.

Perkins grew up in the Lowcountry but has come to love the Upstate, and particularly the Pickens area.

He and his wife, Eleanor, bought a house on Scenic Highway 11 north of town a couple of years ago when they both took jobs in the area.

“I can see Table Rock from my porch,” he said. “I love it up there.”

The couple enjoys outdoor activities as whitewater kayaking and mountain biking.

“I just love climbing those hills,” Perkins said. “It’s just brutal, but when you get to the top you feel pretty good.”

His work history is as varied as his geographic background.

He’s been in farming, custom woodworking, made props for the Forrest Gump movie.

He developed his love for the Upcountry while a student at Clemson University. He finished his degree in history in 1990.

After that, he traveled the Southeast as a salesman in the carpet and commercial flooring business. He lived in Charleston most of that time, but felt like he needed some mountains in his life.

When his family, which includes daughter, Eliana, a fifth-grader at Ambler Elementary, moved to Pickens, he immediately got involved in community activities with the Rotary Club and as a volunteer for the Pickens Revitalization Association.

The association, an arm of the city of Pickens, gets most of its funding from a federal Main Street USA grant and other grants for special projects.

Perkins also will be helping organize and operate special events in the city.

“I recently found out that I’m in charge of the Christmas parade,” he laughed.

But his focus will be on recruiting businesses.

“I’ve got years of business experience and I’ve been a small business owner,” he said. “I know how it works and I know how hard it is.”

“If somebody comes and wants to start a business in Pickens, we’ll walk them through the process, we’ll give them some incentives. We’ll really make it easy for them,” he said.

Will it work?

The 48-year-old is betting his future on it.

“I’m planning to do this until I retire,” he said. “I’m all in on it.”

JR Automation to build plant at Pickens Commerce Park

Published: September 2, 2016

Greenville News - Ron Barnett

Pickens County technology students, county incentives, and a box of South Carolina peaches.

Those were the clinchers that sealed the deal with JR Automation Technologies in investing $3.4 million to build a plant that will employ 88 and create 56 new jobs...(Read more in Detail)

Letter from Wayne Kelley, Chairman, Pickens County Cultural Commission sent to the Greenville News

Published: August 4, 2016

Letter from Wayne Kelley, Chairman, Pickens County Cultural Commission sent to the Greenville News:

I was astonished by the scathing indictment on page one of your newspaper last week of the Pickens County Museum of Art & History, its physical condition, administration, and finances.  Allow me to respond to these issues.  CONTINUE TO READ FOR ENTIRE LETTER

Pickens County Corrects Factual Errors in Media Report

Published: July 26, 2016

Pickens County Corrects Factual Errors in Media Report

Museum Finances Handled Appropriately

A recent media report claims that the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) has a pending inquiry into the finances of the Pickens County Museum.  We are informed that a former employee of the Museum, Allen Coleman, contacted the Attorney General’s Office at some point after he was terminated by the County for inappropriate conduct.

We were contacted by SLED last month, and we provided them with all information they requested.  We also referred them to our external auditing firm for an outside perspective on the county’s financial management practices, both generally and as it pertains to the Museum.   We are informed that this preliminary contact from SLED was only made to determine if sufficient information exists to warrant an actual investigation, and that this is a routine step when a citizen complaint is received. 

There are no financial irregularities...READ ON FOR MORE DETAILS