It is a rare thing to find a place where its people and its leaders selflessly dedicate themselves to their civic responsibilities and civic duties.
But I think we have that here in Pickens County.
I have sat in the office of Easley High School Principal, Dr. Tim Mullis, and watched his eyes swell with emotion when discussing the at-risk children of this community.
I have sat in city council meetings and watched Pickens City Mayor, David Owens, greet everyone with a smile, thank them for coming, and call them all by their first name.
I have interviewed local business owners like Joe Lesley, owner of Joe’s Restaurant in Easley, who after 40 years of business exchanged the recognition of his own hard work and sacrifice for the acknowledgement of the men and women in his community.
In an interview over the summer, Joe offered this statement, “For us to be successful here, it was the people. It’s been wonderful. The people have been wonderful to us in Easley. It couldn’t have been any better.”
To better a community means that its people must invest something more than their time.
As a reporter in Pickens County, I have spent the largest portion of my time interviewing men and women who were interested in working for something beyond their own concerns.
It has been the vision of this county to create something meaningful, a place where a bustling Main Street crowds with familiar, friendly faces, a place where neighborhood homes are always open and under the watchful eye of the community.
It has been the ambition of this nation to create strong communities, communities like ours, capable and alive, and an ideal environment for sustaining happiness amongst its people.
As a gatherer of the news, and as a deliverer of its content, I am happy to offer this report to you.