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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Upcoming Events ...



  A. School District of Pickens County Board of Directors Monthly Meeting 

    Monday, February 25, 2019 6:00 PM

    Curtis A. Sidden Admin. Building, 1348 Griffin Mill Road, Easley SC, 29640


  B. Pickens County Republican Party Monthly Meeting 

    Thursday, February 28, 2019 7:00 PM

    Silver Bay Restaurant, Easley, SC 29642


  C. Pickens County Council Monthly Meeting 

    Monday, March 4, 2019 6:30 PM

    Administration Facility, 222 McDaniel Avenue, Pickens, SC 29671


  D. Pickens County School Board District 7 Special Election 

    Tuesday, March 26, 2019 7:00 AM until 7:00 PM

    Cedar Rock, Crescent Hill, Crossroads, Dacusville, Glassy Mountain, Griffin,          Nine Forks, Pumpkintown, Vinland precincts


  E. Pickens County Republican Party Precinct Reorganization 
    Thursday, March 28, 2019 7:00 PM

  United Wesleyan Church, 738 Rice Road, Easley, SC 29640 

     $10 fee and voter registration card required


  F. Pickens County Republican Party County Convention 

    Thursday, April 25, 2019 7:00 PM

    United Wesleyan Church, 738 Rice Road, Easley, SC 29640 

Monday, February 18, 2019

Drag Queen Story Hour ...

Drag Queen Story Hour at the Five Forks Public Library was an eye opener in more ways than one.

On one side of the police barriers you had men dressed up as women, men dressed up as Nuns with bizarre make up on and the LGBTQ community shouting “Love not Hate.”

On the other side of the barrier you had men dressed as men and women dressed as women shouting “Child Abuse.” 

There is clearly a stark contrast. Depending on your ideology it wasn't hard to tell which side of the fence you should go stand when you arrived. 

Then you had the parents in line to take their children in to hear a Drag Queen read to their child, some dressed as their biological gender,some not, some wearing shirts that identified them as gay and proud of it, and most children dressed as their own gender who were staring at all the protesters and supporters with confused looks on their faces. 

As a former first grade teacher, I can only imagine what was going on in those children's minds. Why do people care about whether or not I go in to this story hour? Why are people praying? Why are my parents mad at the people praying? Why do my parents want me to be proud of a man who is dressed up like a woman? 

There is clearly division in our country, and for a reason. Jesus said he came to divide. 

Luke 12:49-56 

I have come to set the world on fire, and I wish it were already burning! I have a terrible baptism of suffering ahead of me, and I am under a heavy burden until it is accomplished. Do you think I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I have come to divide people against each other! From now on families will be split apart, three in favor of me, and two against—or two in favor and three against.”

What I can't understand is why there weren't more Christians there to protest deviant behavior clearly against Bible teachings being celebrated and promoted. Where were you Christians? Were you neither hot or cold? There were over 10,000 people who signed a petition against this...but where were you? We needed you there. 

There is hope though... there were many people of color, old and young who braved the weather and stood against deviant behavior being promoted to young children as something to be celebrated.

Written by

Johnnelle Raines

Pickens SC

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

You’d think a bill like this would breeze through SC Legislature ...

I’ve been watching the Senate all afternoon. They have been stuck on Bill S. 35 that would require all high school and college students to read the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and Federalist Papers.  

Arguments over what classes are required, school funding, black history, college course in tailgating and studying the devil, accreditation, and even the relevance of those founding documents have kept the debate going since around 3:00 PM and at 5:55 PM they finally voted. 
Black Senators have been demanding African American history be required for all students. The Emancipation Proclamation has been pushed for inclusion again.  

It has been brought up that the founding documents have been required in education since 1962, but ignored.  

One would think that having our schools teach about the founding documents of our country would be something that should fly through the SC Legislature, especially when all those Republicans like to wrap themselves in the flag. It seems like Democrats want to hold this bill up, or block it, amend it, etc. They were filibustering, or as close to it as possible while getting in a dig at Trump while they were at it.  

The bill does not affect our rights or property, so it might be best to work on passing another bill. BUT... I see the bill as necessary to having informed electorates in the future. If people do not know their rights, they will not know when they are violated. 

The bill passed 29 to 7. It will likely be a mess in the House.  

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Monthly Meeting

Conservatives of the Upstate’s monthly organizational Meeting led by Leadership Team Johnnelle Raines, Steve Haynie and Kathy Nix will be taking place in the meeting room at the rear of The Pizza Inn located on Ann Street at 7pm on Tuesday Feb. 19th.

We will continue our discussions about our goals going forward to keep Pickens County the most conservative county in SC. Please join us and bring like minded friends who want to not only talk but act.  We will meet in the back meeting room. For more information see our web page

See you there! 

Submitted by Leadership Team
Conservatives of the Upstate

Saturday, February 9, 2019

How SC Legislators Intimate Citizens They Don’t Like

From The Nerve:

“For years, S.C. lawmakers have repeatedly tried through legislation and other means to intimidate citizens who run for legislative seats, raise ethical questions about legislators’ official or campaign activities, or criticize their positions on issues.”

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