Monthly Archives: December 2017

Big changes coming for schools

2 elementary schools getting magnet themes

COUNTY — Two Pickens County elementary schools will transform into theme-based magnet schools next year after action taken earlier this month by school board members.

McKissick Elementary School in Easley is slated to become the McKissick Academy of Science and Technology, and Central Elementary will become the Central Academy of the Arts beginning in the 2018-19 school year, according to district spokesman John Eby. The changes are coming as part of the district’s Breakthrough in School Choice initiative.

Under the leadership of Heather Touchberry, who served as an assistant principal at Six Mile Elementary before taking over as principal at McKissick on Dec. 18, the McKissick Academy of Science and Technology will be

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Lines may change for Easley students

EASLEY — Some elementary school students in the Easley area may find themselves in unfamiliar surroundings based on changes being considered by School District of Pickens County officials.

According to a news release sent recently by district spokesman

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2018 College Football Playoffs TIDE-TIGERS III

Alabama, Clemson set to tangle for third year in a row

— this time with national championship trip on the line

labama quarterback Jalen Hurts and Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant will lead their teams into battle at the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on Monday with a trip to the College Football Playoff national championship game at stake. Hurts will be seeking a measure of revenge as he hopes to lead the No. 4 Crimson Tide past the top-ranked Tigers, who knocked off Alabama for the national title in last year’s championship game. Bryant, meanwhile, is looking to cement his spot in Clemson lore after watching All-American Deshaun Watson lead the Tigers to last year’s crown. The game is set for an 8:45 p.m. kickoff Monday and will be televised on ESPN. The winner will face the victor of Monday’s Rose Bowl matchup between No. 2 Oklahoma and No. 3 Georgia. Photos special to The Courier and Rex Brown/Courtesy The Journal


Special election set for March in Liberty

LIBERTY — Filing opens this week for a special election planned to fill the unexpired city council term of newly elected Liberty mayor Brian Petersen.

Petersen was elected in November to succeed Eric Boughman

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Humane Society to remain open

Organization has funding through first half of year

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

LIBERTY — Thanks to generous donors, the Pickens County Humane Society will not be shutting its doors at the end of the year, as its officials once feared.

A fundraising campaign to save the shelter, which lost its county funding this year, has exceeded its $70,000 goal.

On Dec. 15, PCHS director Samantha Gamble posted an update to the society’s online GoFundMe campaign page,

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Praters Creek set to honor

PICKENS — A local church will host a celebration for its pastor, who is set to retire this weekend after 65 years of ministry.

Ray Allen will lead his final service at Praters Creek Baptist Church at 11 a.m. on Sunday, and the church will host a celebration in his honor at 4 p.m.

Allen has pastored several churches throughout the Upstate over his more than six decades in the ministry.


Clemson awards 1,400 degrees

By Tara Romanella
Clemson University

CLEMSON — Clemson University awarded more than 1,400 degrees Thursday during two ceremonies in Littlejohn Coliseum. The degrees included 1,097 bachelor’s and 279 master’s. Sixty-two Ph.D.s also graduated and were honored in a hooding ceremony Wednesday evening.

“This is a day when we celebrate your hard work and your achievements and imagine all of the possibilities that lie ahead for you,” Clemson

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Courier Obituaries 12-27-17

Mildred Rholetter Moore

SENECA — Mildred Rholetter Moore, 92 of 303 N. Oak St.,    Seneca, went to be with her Lord and Savior Wednesday Dec. 20, 2017, at the Cottingham Hospice House.

She was born Feb. 21, 1925, to Henry and Pearl Denny Rholetter in Westminster. She was married to the late Harold “J.C.” Julius Clay Moore. She was a retired telephone operator for Clemson University. She was a member of St. Mark United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her spouse, brothers, Burt

That’s all the news about the news

This is the time of year when we are expected to reflect upon 2017 and plan for 2018, but I’m not sure we should. This past year is finally over. And I’m thankful for it.

Reflecting upon the year 2017, I’ve concluded it’s best not to spend too much time watching the news. It gives me an

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Courier Letters to the Editor

Christmas comes early

Dear Editor,

On Thursday, Dec. 14, Christmas came for Pickens County residents. A conservation easement was filed with Pickens County. After much work by Upstate Forever and others, Atlantic Coast Conservancy filed an easement to protect Glassy

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