Daily Archives: 08/14/2018

Pickens, Greenville, Oconee schools agree on athletic passes for area senior citizens

COUNTY — The School District of Pickens County, Greenville County Schools and the School District of Oconee County have agreed to honor each other’s senior citizen resident passes allowing free admission at athletic events.

Pickens County’s “Golden Apple Pass” allows county residents 65 years old or older to attend athletic events for free. Under the agreement, seniors will be able to support their teams at away games in Greenville or Oconee counties for free as well. The pass will continue, as it always has, to operate with the following restrictions:

The pass may not be used for pre-season jamborees or post-season

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Clemson voters to have say on Sunday alcohol sales

By Greg Oliver
Courtesy The Journal

CLEMSON — Clemson City Council has approved second and final reading of an ordinance seeking a November referendum to allow voters to determine whether to legalize Sunday alcohol sales in grocery and convenience stores throughout the city.

Clemson voters will decide in November whether grocery and convenience stores will join restaurants throughout the city in being allowed to sell alcohol on Sundays. (File)

Last week, council voted 4-2 to approve first reading of the ordinance with council members Mark Cato and June Hay in opposition and Mayor J.C. Cook not in attendance. Council passed second reading Monday night with

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Ministry to provide ‘back to school’ cuts

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

EASLEY — A local ministry will help area kids achieve their back-to-school looks Sunday.

The Aug. 19 event is a part of the Tracy and Sunshine Gantt Ministries Back to School Bash. The first part of the bash was held last weekend and focused on school supplies.

Sunday’s event will focus on hair.

“We have volunteer hairstylists and barbers come together and do free stylings and haircuts for the children,” Sunshine Gantt said.

Braid Addicts and the Upstate College of Cosmetology are partnering with the ministry for the event, which will be held at the college from 2-5 p.m.

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County VA office seeks vets for veterans parade

PICKENS — The Pickens County Veterans Affairs Office is looking for veterans to participate in a Veterans Day parade in Pickens County this year.

The veterans parade will be held at 2 p.m. Nov. 11 in Liberty. County officials want to invite all veterans and military members (National Guard, Reserves, active duty) to participate.

Participants may gather as groups and ride on a float or trailer pulled by a truck, ride a motorcycle, drive a classic car or walk.

“We want to take this opportunity to recognize and honor our veterans,” a news release said.

Those interested in participating in the Pickens County Veterans Day parade are asked to contact the Pickens County Veterans Affairs office at (864) 898-5926, (864) 898-5928 or (864) 898-5243.


The view from the front porch

In the early morning in the rain, we can sit on the front porch with the first cup of coffee and watch beads of rain roll down the center of the elephant ears and drop off to the leaves below.

The rain beads look white, and it’s as though someone broke a string of pearls and dropped them out from the porch roof.

It is a magic trick of the weather. But the light has to be just right for this to happen.

When the rain stops later in the day, and early evening approaches, a cloud of yellow swallowtail butterflies flutter around the lantana on the walkway. This afternoon, I counted 13 on the lantana there and six on the butterfly bush nearby. There were other smaller butterflies — not as showy as the swallowtails, but beautiful in their own way.

I don’t know where butterflies go when it rains, because I never see them

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Letters to the Editor

What to do when being pulled over

Dear Editor,

I had a pleasant surprise last week.

I was driving to Lowe’s in Easley, heading east on Highway 93. Coming the other way was a state trooper in one of those Camaros (I think), and I noticed him pass me and turn around. Ut-oh, I thought. The officer then got behind me, and the blue lights came on.

When I was working at a local newspaper a few years ago, I wrote an article on what to do when you get pulled over. Thinking back to that article, I immediately put my right turn signal on to let the officer know I saw him, and turned into a parking lot near the Plez-U.

I then rolled down the window all the way, put my car in park, shut it off,

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Heading back to school

Here we are once again, it is back to school time! With that brings excitement, possibly dread, hope and sometimes chaos. I will admit, I am glad my wife and I are past that particular stage in life with our children, but there is also some sadness knowing those times are past. We aren’t here to talk about me, though, we are here to share some back to school information “From the Eyes of a First Responder.”

Slow down … bet you have heard that before, and you know it is still true. Speed is one of the leading causes of accidents. Traffic is going to increase and be bad for a little while. Parents and students are having to learn new schools and routines. There is road construction and closures. Student drivers are on the road. Pedestrian traffic will increase.

Oh, and then there are those big, yellow school buses. Every year we see

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Central-Clemson Senior Center set to reopen

Meals on Wheels, Central, Clemson,

university joining forces for programs

CENTRAL — Pickens County Meals on Wheels (PCMOW) recently announced plans to re-open the Central-Clemson Senior Center, located at 120 Commons Way in Central (formerly operated by Seniors Unlimited).

Plans to reopen the facility have been in the works since the fall of 2017, when PCMOW, the town of Central, the city of Clemson and the Clemson University Institute for Engaged Aging (IEA) began discussing the needs in the Central community and surrounding areas. Ultimately, these conversations revealed that each organization had been providing varying levels of services to seniors, yet no one organization had the resources to repair the building and/or start-up a full-range of services alone. Joining forces, the decision was made to move forward with a collaborative effort to repair the building, eliminate duplication of services and expand services to fill gaps in the area.

Since, several key events have resulted in a plan to refurbish the facility. Construction is underway, and if all goes according to plan, the newly renovated space will be open for use on Monday, Sept. 24.

In May, Pickens County Council voted to sell the building to the town of Central for $10, with the caveat that should the building cease to be used

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Courier Community Calendar 8-15-18

• Hagood Center to host pair of concerts 

The Mountain View Gospel Quartet will be performing at the Hagood Community Center Auditorium this Saturday, Aug. 18 at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, Aug. 25, the center will present John Turner and Friends at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. The concert will offer an evening of bluegrass, country and gospel.

Tickets for each event are $5 at the door, and all proceeds will go to the Hagood Community Center. Doors will open around 6 p.m. Visitors are asked to use the parking lot entrance. The Hagood Community Center is

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Go sweet or tart

Cherries offer a treat that’s nutritious and delicious

By Olivia Fowler

For the Courier

Cherries are making an appearance in local grocery stores now. They are a beautiful fruit, glossy and dark red. When ripe, they’re sweet with a faint tartness and are delicious to snack on.

If you use fresh cherries, they must be pitted before eaten. Just pop off the stems, slice the cherries in half and remove the pits. It isn’t difficult to do, just a little time

consuming. Also, it’s hard to resist eating them as they are being pitted.

This week’s recipes include one salad, one dessert and two main dishes.

Some take more time than others, but I think you’ll like any one you try.