Daily Archives: 08/21/2018

Medicare Advantage: Changes loom in 2019

Every year from October to December, seniors need to sign up for the next year’s Medicare Advantage plan … or stay with the same one. Sometimes the choices are difficult. This year it will be even harder, due to changes that have been made to the plans.

In the past, if you needed a wheelchair ramp to get in and out of your house, the expense for that was on you. Medicare would, of course, pay for surgery and a hospital stay if you fell down the stairs trying to get out of the house because you had no ramp, but

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United Way to celebrate ‘The Impact You Make’

EASLEY — Each year, hundreds of Pickens County residents benefit from the generosity of their neighbors who give to United Way of Pickens County.

A celebration of that generosity will take place Thursday, Sept. 6, at the organization’s annual meeting and campaign kickoff. The ticketed luncheon event will take place from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Easley campus of Tri-County Technical College, located at 1774 Powdersville Road.Tickets are $15 each and must be purchased in

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Cooperative announces addition of Blue Ridge Energy Services

PICKENS — Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative, long known for its commitment to quality service for its members, has announced the addition of Blue Ridge Energy Services.

The new array of services is dedicated to expanding alternative energy sources, while staying focused on using energy wisely.

“Blue Ridge Energy Services will magnify what the co-op is already doing in the area of member solar, battery storage, generators, geothermal technology and electric vehicles,” Blue Ridge president and CEO Jim Lovinggood said. “We want to be recognized as the

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Meals on Wheels plans 5K Glow Run in Liberty

LIBERTY — Pickens County Meals on Wheels will be hosting its second annual 5K Glow Run at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13.

The run will start on S.C. Highway 93 in front of the McKissick Center in downtown Liberty and will end at the back of the building on Edgemont Avenue.

The race has been listed with, where participants can pre-register and will receive a T-shirt with their packets if registered by Oct. 8.

There will also be a “Glow Attire Contest” at 7 p.m. where

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Courier Community Calendar 8-22-18

• Hagood Center to host concert Saturday

This Saturday, Aug. 25, the Hagood Community Center Auditorium will present John Turner and Friends at 7 p.m. 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 located at 129 Schoolhouse St. in Pickens. Call

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Courier Obituaries


CLEMSON — Nancy Lynn Chastain, 73, wife of the late Wade Chastain, passed from this life Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018.

Nancy was born in San Francisco, Calif., a daughter of the late Wallace Byrd Woolfenden and the late Melinda Boschee Woolfenden.

Survivors include a son, Derek (Ginger) Chastain of Pickens; a daughter, Julie (Andrew) McLeland; grandchildren, Adam Chastain,

Azalea Festival Board accepting bids for entertainment for 2019

PICKENS — The Pickens Azalea Festival Board of Directors is now accepting bids for headline entertainment for the 2019 Pickens Azalea Festival, scheduled for April 19-20.

Entertainment would include a one-hour performance April 19 and an hour-and-a-half performance April 20.

Bids must be inclusive of all costs, including sound, setup, production, travel, meals, fees, amenities and miscellaneous expenses. Genres should include an eclectic mix, including spiritual.

Bids may be emailed to All bids must be received by Sept. 5.


Helton joins Easley office of C. Dan Joyner, Realtors

EASLEY — Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices C. Dan Joyner, Realtors announced recently that Renade Helton has joined the company’s Easley office as a sales associate.

Helton is a native of Pickens County.  For 20 years, she has been a dedicated public servant, working as a paramedic, deputy, police officer, firefighter and EMS trainer.

These jobs were demanding, but the expectation of great customer service was a universal theme. For the past eight years as a realtor, Helton has continued her lifelong commitment to customer service, excellence and respect. Helping her clients with a client-centric focus

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Gilstrap planned for Sept. 8

SUNSET — The annual Gilstrap reunion will be held Sept. 8 at the Antioch Baptist Church fellowship building on S.C. Highway 11.

Food will be served around 1 p.m., and plates and cups will be furnished.


PHS volleyball off to great start

PICKENS — The 2018 Pickens High School Lady Blue Flame volleyball team opened scrimmage play on Aug. 3.

The Flame defeated the PHS alumni team, winning all five sets. There was a great crowd to see the present team take on some of the best from the past.

Pickens hosted a scrimmage on Aug. 9, defeating Woodmont, Liberty and Easley, 2-0. On Aug. 13, the Flame traveled to Riverside, where they defeated Riverside and J.L. Mann, 2-0.

The Lady Flame completed scrimmage play at Mauldin on Aug. 15, losing to a tough Mauldin team 21-25, 25-22, 23-25. This was the first set and match they dropped during the scrimmage season. Defending Class 3A state champion St. Joe’s handed the Flame their

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