Monthly Archives: August 2018

Men like McCain keep America great

I saw them come off the plane. Some were on crutches, all were emaciated. The families waited. And I saw the wives and children running to meet them.

We used to have the Vietnam War with supper. We’d see Dan Rather, reporting from the endless battles, film of the dead and dying, and the string of ears, displayed on the ground for a body count of enemies killed.

We’ve all lived through a lot of hard times. But that war is the war that shaped the way the following generations consider war.

We counted the cost as kids we sat next to in school came home to be

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Nothing can keep us from God’s love

Memories can be a wonderful place to visit when they are pleasant and filled with peace and joy. On the other hand, not all of our experiences have been good and can be more like a haunted house on a dark and stormy night.

We all have our collections of thoughts and our own task of trying to figure out a way to deal with them. As most of us know, there are positive ways and negative ways to handle our past experiences. We can look around and see that many people are not doing such a good job when it comes to emotional management. The Lord wants us to give our problems to Him and allow Him to bring true healing, as His way is always the best way.

Some will say “you have not walked in my shoes,” and this is very true. However, this does not mean the light of God’s love cannot bring you

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Courier Letters to the Editor 8-29-18

Hidden gem in Rocky Bottom

Dear Editor,

I moved to the Carolinas from Upstate New York about 20 years ago. I then moved to Rocky Bottom in Sunset around 16 years ago. I fell in love with the people and the landscape of the area. I do remodeling and maintenance work around the Upstate, and I have been asked to do some minor repairs to the Rocky Bottom Camp of the Blind.

It seems that the people of this state and even those of Pickens County don’t know about this gem of a place at the bottom of South Carolina’s tallest mountain, Sassafrass Mountain. It includes activities such as miniature golf, basketball, volleyball, hiking, a swimming pool and more. The blind children and adults from South Carolina enjoy all these activities with the aid of beepers, bells and such on the balls or holes at the miniature golf course.

From what I understand, a lot of the money that they had raised through fundraising was lost at an investment firm in Pickens, where I heard a lot of other people took big losses.

A lot of church groups, children and adults come for week-long stays. It

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Tri-County Tech officials name Advisory Committee of the Year

UPSTATE — The Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) advisory committee’s devotion to student success and its attention to shaping the curriculum to meet workforce needs earned it Tri-County Technical College’s Advisory Committee of the Year award.

The committee was recognized for its achievements this year at the college’s fall convocation. Committee members Amanda Locotosh, blood bank supervisor at Saint Francis Hospital, Dr. Vincent Gallicchio, professor of Biological Sciences, Microbiology and Public Health Sciences Director, Clemson University International Program in Global Health, and MLT program director Deborah Brock accepted the award.

One of the committee’s objectives this year was to ensure and provide

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New year at SWU

New Southern Wesleyan University students marked the beginning of their educational and spiritual journey during a “passing the mantle” ceremony Aug. 17 in the auditorium of Newton Hobson Chapel and Fine Arts Center. New students received medallions to mark the beginning of their journey, and 2012 SWU graduate Colicus Jones reunited with the University Singers to lead worship. Jones was also speaker for the service.


Courier Community Calendar 8-29-18

• Pickens Concert series closes Sept. 1

The city of Pickens’ annual spring and summer concert series will come to a close this Saturday as the final show of the season will be SplitShot’s performance.

The free event, which will be held at the city’s amphitheater at 114 W. Main St., will run from 7-9 p.m.

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• Annual Ross reunion  scheduled for Sunday

The annual Andy R. and Bessie Shelton Ross reunion is planned for 1 p.m. this Sunday, Sept. 1, at Kings Grove Baptist Church near Six Mile. Plates and cups will be provided.

• Gilstrap reunion is planned for Sept. 8

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.

• Winchester reunion scheduled Sept. 16

The annual Winchester reunion will be held at the Shady Grove Baptist Church fellowship building on Sunday, Sept. 16, with Mark Holliday serving as president and David Clark as vice president.

The business meeting will begin at 12:30 p.m., to include a candle

Courier Obituaries 8-29-18


SIX MILE — George Morris Keasler, 80, of Six Mile, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, at Cottingham Hospice House in Seneca.

Born on March 25, 1938, he was the son of the late Inez Winchester and George W. Keasler Sr.

Morris was a graduate of Georgia State University where he received his MBA. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in the Signal Corp. He was retired from Florence Darlington Technical College, where he was the vice president for economic development and continuing education. Morris was a member of the Falcon’s Lair Golf Club in Walhalla, the Florence Rotary Club and Six Mile Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Betty Porter Keasler; two daughters, Angie Burgess (Scott) and Jayme Marie van Essen (Ernst); and one

Late fourth-down stop dooms Flame at Pendleton

By Rocky Nimmons

PENDLETON — After a hard-fought slugfest with defense the name of the game last Friday night at Pendleton, the Pickens Blue Flame are still looking for their first victory of the 2018 season after falling to the Bulldogs, 14-7.

The Blue Flame had their chances and led most of the contest, but a fourth-quarter Pendleton touchdown that coach Chad Smith’s Pickens squad could not answer gave the Blue Flame a long ride home.

“That was a tough one,” Smith said. “It is a tough one to swallow. We didn’t execute when we needed to. Pendleton is a good football team. They are an athletic football team. My hat is off to them — they made a play when they had to.”

The turning point of the game came late in contest, with just 2:02 on the game clock. Pickens could not get the ball across the goal line on a fourth and goal from half a yard out. The play saw Smith call the number of his explosive running back Brady Batson, who was swallowed up behind the line of scrimmage by the Pendleton defense, ending any hopes for the Big Blue.

“Brady Batson was cramping, but you know he is a player, and Jarod Barton is a heck of a blocker and a good runner,” Smith said. “I felt like we were better going that way. Bottom line is that wasn’t Batson’s fault — there were about four kids that came through there unblocked, and that

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Devils Dominate

By Clay Counts
Special to The Courier

GREENVILLE — After a tough loss to county rival Daniel in Week 0, the Liberty Red Devils were in need of some momentum against Berea on Friday night.

They got just that, as the Devils made the needed adjustments and came out on fire en route to a 22-6 road win over the Bulldogs.

Berea has not been a traditional opponent of the Red Devils in recent years, so the team and fans alike were not sure what to expect entering the game.

The Liberty defense absolutely shut down the Bulldogs, holding

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Stadium dedication, Harried’s 3 TDs temper loss for Easley

By Eugene Jolley
Courier Sports

EASLEY — The first game in the newly named W.A. “Bill” Carr Stadium didn’t go as the Easley High School football team planned Friday night versus Daniel.

The Lions (2-0) rallied from a 14-7 deficit to take the non-region game 54-28 thanks to three rushing touchdowns and three passing touchdowns from junior quarterback Tyler Venables.

Venables’ performance overshadowed Easley senior tailback Jeremy Harried, who scored three-first half touchdowns on the ground.

Members of Carr’s family and former assistant coaches were recognized at halftime as the official naming of the stadium took place honoring Carr, who guided the Green Wave to the 1962 Class 2A state championship. He was also named national coach of the year in 1978 while at Spartanburg High School.

The Daniel-Easley series had been even over the last 10 contests, with five wins each. Six of the last seven times Easley won in the

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