Daily Archives: 08/07/2018

Clemson implementing clear bag policy at graduations

CLEMSON — Clemson University will be implementing a clear bag policy at graduations.

The policy will be implemented at Friday’s August graduation ceremony and will be in place for all graduation ceremonies going forward, according to a university news release.

The policy is similar to one already in place for basketball games in Littlejohn Coliseum and prohibits non-clear bags or purses, backpacks, artificial noisemakers and bags larger than 12 by 6 by 12 inches, the release said. Other prohibited items include banners/flags/poles, coolers, outside food or beverages and weapons of any kind.

Students, faculty, staff and visitors are encouraged not to bring bags to the

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Pumpkintown club needs help with annual festival

PUMPKINTOWN — Pumpkintown Community Club members are planning a huge Pumpkin Festival this year and are looking for help and new members.

Those interested in the event are invited to the Oolenoy Community Building on Aug. 13 at 7 p.m.

For more information, call Hazel at (864) 878-2607.


Listen for the sound of thundering hooves

Silky was one of the most beautiful mares we ever had. She came from a stable in Lexington, Ky., and was trained for buggy racing. Fowler bought her at a horse auction in Kingsport, Tenn., and brought her home. She was probably not fast enough on the track to be competitive, most likely the reason she was sold.

She was a little high-strung, but she was a thing of beauty racking along the road pulling our buggy.

The rack is the pace trained buggy horses must exhibit to pull a buggy as fast and smoothly as possible.

Trained gaited horses are supposed to exhibit the rapid forward motion. It isn’t to be confused with a trot, which

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Meekness is not weakness, but strength under control

We know that atheists and agnostics have been around since the beginning. There is always someone in the crowd who will disagree about the existence of God, and sadly this view seems to be growing.

I admit that our freewill and independent thinking are beneficial components to establishing what we believe, but it never ceases to amaze me that we would argue over the reality of a divine creator. I can understand different worldviews about science, social issues, politics and even some religious differences, but the subject of whether or not there is a God troubles me deeply.

I have also noticed an increased animosity from those who do not believe in the Bible toward those who do. As a Christian minister, I’ve had my share of attacks from individuals who declare I am insane for accepting the God of the

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Courier Letters to the Editor 8-8-18

Immigrants in the US military

Dear Editor,

Recently, several newspapers have published articles about the Department of Defense discharg-ing immigrant recruits from the military. These articles referenced immigrants who enlisted with a promised path to U.S. citizenship. It is true that the military has a small and very exclusive pro-gram that benefits immigrants and the U.S. military called Military Accessions Vital to the Na-tional Interest (MAVNI). It is a special recruiting program that has been available to certain im-migrants interested in joining the military with a desire to gain eligibility for U.S. citizenship. Additional research indicates that a current estimate of 40 immigrants have a questionable appli-cation jeopardizing their contract with the military and their future path to citizenship out of an estimated 10,000 currently serving in the military.

Every individual who applies for military service must pass background checks, regardless of cit-izenship. Some may require additional screening depending on their background. In 2016, the Obama administration

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Courier Obituaries 8-8-18


CLEMSON — Mary Mildred Hughes Link, 87, widow of J.W. Link, passed away, Monday, July 30, 2018, surrounded by her family at Clemson Downs.

Born in Gray Court, she was a daughter of the late John Gary and Annie Mae Greenway Hughes. She was a graduate of the Anderson Memorial Hospital School of Nursing. She was a career nurse and retired from Redfern Health Center at Clemson University. Mildred loved to cross stitch, cook for her family, read and take family vacations at the beach.

Surviving are children, Judy Link of Clemson, Johnson Link (Gennie) of Clemson and Alan Link (DiDi) of Summerville; grandchildren, Amanda Smith (Rusty) of Easley, Jay Link (Stephanie) of Liberty, Hannah Link of Clemson, Jessica Link of Clemson and Katie Link of Summerville; great-grandchildren, Russ and Rhys Smith of Easley and Abigail Link of Liberty; sisters, Garie Mae

‘You will love every single one’

Foothills Playhouse reveals

shows for 2018-19 season

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

EASLEY — The Foothills Playhouse’s new executive artistic director is no stranger to the theater.

“In many ways, I feel as though I am coming home,” Will Ragland said. “As a Powdersville native, I spent much of my childhood in Easley, and my involvement in the Upstate theatre community over the past 23 years has included experience acting on this very stage.”

Ragland has spent the past two decades “building award-winning theatre groups,” including the Wildcat Players of Woodmont High, the Mustang Stage Company of Palmetto High and Mill Town Players in Pelzer.

Foothills Playhouse and Mill Town Players recently announced a merger.

“I believe in the transformative power of live theatre and what it can do for


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SWU education program provides options

CENTRAL — Six months after receiving approval for its new doctoral program in education by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), Southern Wesleyan University believes its “inventive learning” approach will benefit educators, as well as those who are working in nonprofit organizations and church-based ministries who desire to rise to the next level professionally.

A group of education professionals, including principals and other administrators, has become the first class of Southern Wesleyan University’s Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Curriculum and Assessment.

“Southern Wesleyan’s commitment to providing high quality, high touch, affordable and relevant online programs that meet students’ needs has been driven by our passion to serve adult students – a passion that goes back over

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Southern Wesleyan announces Strike as Ed.D. coordinator

CENTRAL — Southern Wesleyan University recently hired Dr. Kimberly T. Strike as itscoordinator of doctoral studies.

In her new role, Strike will provide leadership to Southern Wesleyan’s Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Curriculum and Assessment program.

Strike brings three decades of experience as an educator into her new role. Most recently, she has served as associate professor and program leader at Concordia University in Chicago. Strike’s experience has been shared throughout the corridor of Chicago to Milwaukee, including a state appointment to assist with a turn-around district in Illinois, work with voucher schools in Milwaukee and appointment to turn around a UW charter school in Wisconsin.

Her research has been published in several scholarly publications on topics that include mentoring, performance and accountability. Strike has also been a presenter at several national and international conferences. She recently did a presentation for Carnegie Summit in San Francisco, “Identifying and Growing Internal Leaders: A

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Courier Community Calendar 8-8-18

• Anderson reunion set for August 26

The decedents of the late J.R. Anderson and Nancy Anderson will have their annual family reunion at the Mountain Grove Baptist Church fellowship Building at 1 p.m. Aug. 26. Plates and cups will be furnished.

• Legion seeks WWII vets for Honor Flight

The Honor Flight Program is looking to reach all World War II veterans. Pete Peters and Richard Reece, who are members of the staff at Honor Flight, are also members of Pickens American Legion Post 11. The two men are seeking WWII veterans who haven’t gone to Washington to see the WWII Memorial Monument.

The cost of the trip for the vet is free. Each veteran will also be assigned a guardian, who will be his extended family for the day and will attend to all his needs. In addition to the WWII Memorial, those on the Honor Flight will visit the Korean, Vietnam, Lincoln and Marine Corp Memorials. They will finish off the day at Arlington Cemetery for the changing of the guard. Food, drinks and

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