Daily Archives: 09/04/2018

Do we trust our doctors?

Sitting in a medical office last week, I overheard something that sent a chill up my spine. Another patient in the waiting room was whispering to her friend that she didn’t trust the doctor. I wondered why she might feel that way.

Did the doctor not keep up with the literature on new treatments for diseases or on prescription medicine that has been found to cause problems? Is the doctor being wooed by drug company reps? (Is the waiting room full of sales people with briefcases?)

A survey from a few years ago revealed that doctors themselves believe that patient trust is waning. Of more than 2,000 physicians surveyed, 87 percent said that patients

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Hagood Mill’s Old Time Fiddling Convention set for next weekend

PICKENS — As autumn approaches and the leaves turn their brilliant colors, it signals the time for fiddle music in the mountains.

On Sept. 14-16, vintage fiddle music will fill the hills and hollers around Hagood Mill as it once again hosts the annual Old Time Fiddling Convention.

Some of the best fiddlers in the Southeast will gather to compete for the title of South Carolina’s state champion fiddler. The traditional contest goes back to the 1920s, when Clemson University opened the doors of stately Tillman Hall to the local musicians of the nearby South Carolina mountains for a music competition.

This year, for the first time, there will be a weekend event at the mill during the Fiddling Convention. Visitors will be able to come out on Friday and jam under the trees, play some Appalachian games

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Courier Community Calendar 9-5-18

• MOW event set for Cornerstone Sept. 8

The Cornerstone Christian and Music store will host the Cornerstone Music Festival.

The event will be held from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at the store, at Dalton Flats between Pickens and Easley on S.C. Highway 8.

Visitors will be able to hear some great bands, eat some great food, try to win some great prizes and give to a great cause. All money raised at the event will go to Meals on Wheels and Hope Women’s Center.

For more information, visit or

• Cannon Auxiliary to host car show

The Cannon Memrial Hospital Auxiliary wil host a special fundraising car show at Legacy Square on Main Street in Pickens on Sept. 22. Participant check-in will be from 2-3 p.m. Judging and awards presentaion will be 3-4 p.m. From 4-7 p.m. the public is invited to come out and see all the vehicles on display. For more information, contact Amanda Miller at (864) 898-1334 or

• Cooking class planned in Pickens

If you want to gain confidence in the kitchen, meet some great people, grow in life skills and enjoy the “fruits of your labor,” then an upcoming Confidence in the Kitchen Cooking Class is for you. The group will make a tasty dish together, learning fundamental basics like reading a recipe and converting measurements. While the dish cooks, the event will feature a brief time of guided conversation, and then attendees will eat together that which they have prepared.

This class is open to all ladies 13 years old and older. There is no cost for the class, but registration is a must.

It will held on Sept. 15, from 10 a.m.-noon at a home in Pickens.

To register or for more information, call or text (240) 298-1679. Kathleen will call you back with location and details.

• Gilstrap reunion 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 memorial service for family members who have passed since the 2017 reunion. Please let Thaylia Oberstar know if you have a loved one to be remembered.

Everyone is asked to bring a basket of food, and lunch will be served at 1:15 p.m.

• Lusk Memorial Golf Tournament planned

On Sept. 21, The Rock Golf Club and Resort will be the site of the first ever Logan Lusk Memorial Golf Tournament. Lusk, who was killed last February in an auto accident, will have the event named in his honor. The tournament is a benefit for the Logan Lusk Memorial Scholarship at Lander University and high school seniors around Pickens County. Registration and lunch will be at noon, with a captain’s choice format and a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Cost is $100 per person or $400 per team.

Sponsorships for holes are still available and can be obtained by calling (864) 553-0185 or by email at

• CUMC hosts suicide prevention workshop

A one-day suicide prevention and intervention workshop will be conducted in the Orange Peel room at Clemson United Methodist Church, located at 300 Frontage Road in Clemson, on Tuesday, Sept. 11, from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

The trainer is Kenneth Koon, one of the nation’s foremost authorities on suicide prevention/intervention. Suggested participants include teachers, ministers, first responders and other community workers who work with people at risk for suicide.

The workshop has been licensed for LPC (Licensed Professional Credit).

Training is free to registered participants. To register, email or call Patrick Elswick at (304) 356-8273.

• Chastain family reunion is Sept. 16

Oscar and Bertha (Masters) Chastain will hold a reunion for family and friends at the Holly Springs Baptist Church fellowship hall at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16.


Moore, Garst join Easley’s C. Dan Joyner, Realtors

EASLEY — Cindy Youngblood Moore and Tiffany Garst have joined the Easley office if Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices C. Dan Joyner, Realtors as sales associates.

Moore is a native of Easley and taught at Forest Acres Elementary for 12 years. She has patience, and helping others is what she enjoys most.

Moore’s desire in real estate is to help people achieve their goals in searching for that perfect home. Her greatest trait is to be honest in every situation, and she is truly a people person who loves helping and giving to others.

“I am delighted to welcome Cindy to our office,” said Jennifer A. Hicks, broker-in-charge of the Easley office. “Her knowledge of the area will certainly serve as an

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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.


Wines and Equines Event to raise funds for Happy Hooves

Marietta — This Saturday, Sept. 8, Happy Hooves Therapeutic Equestrian Center will be hosting its seventh annual Wines and Equines fundraising event at Eden Farms, located at 4700 Dacusville Highway in Marietta.

Doors will open at 5 pm. Guests will be treated to heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer, while bidding on silent and live auction items in the beautiful setting of Eden Farms.

WSPA 7 News reporter Christine Scarpelli will host the event, and music will be provided by a quartet from the S.C. Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities. Guests will also be offered tours of the facility and a chance to see therapeutic riding demonstrations and a musical quadrille.

Auction items include a three-night stay at a beach front condo at Hilton Head, a gift

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Courier Obituaries 9-5-18


LIBERTY — Grady Franklin Cartee, 93, of 527 Campground Road, widower of Mildred Waldrop Cartee, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018, at his home

Born in Liberty, he was a son of the late Ralph and Nicie Gantt Cartee. He graduated from Liberty High School and later Tri-County Technical College.

Mr. Cartee was retired from Alice Manufacturing with 42 years of service. Following retirement, he loved traveling, gardening and most of all loved to spend time with his grandchildren. He was a faithful member of Rice’s Creek Baptist Church, where served as a Deacon and Sunday school teacher.

Surviving are two daughters, Brenda Cartee of Liberty, and Annie Nell “Anne” Medlin (Joe) of Southport, N.C.; a son, Kimper Cartee (Reba) of Clemson; a brother, Jim Cartee of Easley; six grandchildren, Shandi Sellers, Joseph Medlin, Jeremy Price, Jennifer Earwaker, Todd Cartee and Rebecca C. Stewart; and 10 great grandchildren.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Louise Smith and Nell Jean Burns, and three brothers, Roy, Billy and Lloyd Cartee.

Funeral services to honor the life of Mr. Cartee were conducted on September 5 in the

Venables, Lions explode for big

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter

SENECA — The Daniel Lions scored early and often in an explosive 51-14 win over the rival Seneca Bobcats on Friday night.

“I challenged these kids to get off the bus and play well,” Daniel coach Jeff Fruster said. “All summer we challenged them to get off to good starts, and that is exactly what we did tonight.”

The Lion offense jumped on Seneca from the get-go, scoring 38 points in the first half, with the star being junior quarterback Tyler Venables. Venables scored his team’s first four touchdowns of the game on the ground to make his impressive season thus far all the more exceptional.

“It was very fun, (and) we’ve got a lot momentum in our hands,” Venables said. “I didn’t do great in the passing game tonight, but the offensive line did a great job of giving me some gaps to run through.”

The Lions’ new offensive staff is hitting its groove right now and putting up numbers that fans haven’t seen in years. In fact, the Lions’ 50-plus points in each of the last two games marks the first time Daniel has scored 50-plus in consecutive weeks since their 2013 state runner-up season.

“The kids believe in them,” Fruster said of his new offensive staff, led by coordinator Page Wofford. “This staff has shown they have a lot of prowess the last couple of weeks. But we knew what we were getting when we hired them. It’s just good to see our offense pick up some momentum.”

The defense was also stellar on the night, as the Lions allowed almost nothing through the air, with Seneca only getting 36 passing yards and throwing three interceptions. The Seneca run game was also held in check outside a 74-yard scoring burst by Bobcat running back Jeremiah Mackey.

“It’s like I said before the game, you can’t stop Mackey,” Fruster said. “The best you can hope for is to contain him, and I thought we did a good job of that.”

Daniel received the opening kickoff and Venables started his impressive game with two

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Easley exits bye week looking for more consistency

By Eugene Jolley
Courier Sports

EASLEY — As odd as it may be, the Easley High School football team’s open date was taken care of before August ended Friday night.

The open date in years past has rolled around after the non-region schedule was over for teams in September, but after playing in Week 0, the Green Wave had an off week in Week 2.

Heading into this week’s home game with Wren, both sides of the ball have questions to answer for Easley.

Offensively, the first question would be: What is the identity of the offense? In the first game against Pickens, Easley only attempted nine passes with a three-year starter in Weston Black. Black did go to the air a little more against Daniel in the second game, hooking up several times with senior Ethan Boyles.

The Green Wave (1-1) would like to be balanced with the pass and run, and with the

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Liberty has no answer for tough Pickens run game

By Clay Counts
Special to The Courier

LIBERTY — Riding high after a big win over Berea, the Liberty Red Devils hosted county rival Pickens on Friday night hoping to keep the momentum.

But licking their wounds after a tough loss the Pendleton the previous week, the Blue Flame used their steady, hard-nosed power run game to chip away at Liberty in an 18-0 win.

After receiving the opening kick, Pickens came out of the gate clicking on all cylinders, beginning with an 18-play drive that spanned 63 yards and ate nearly 10 minutes off the clock. The drive above all exemplified the no-frills, fight-for-every-inch gameplay the Red Devils would have to struggle against on the night. Pickens converted on two fourth downs and had only one play that went for more than nine yards on the opening drive.

The Red Devil defense ultimately prevailed on the possession, though, after stalling the Blue Flame offense at the 16-yard line and forcing a missed field goal.

Liberty’s bend-but-don’t-break defensive strategy caused Pickens to leave a lot of points on the field and proved successful in keeping the Red Devils in the fight.

Another highlight of the opening half for Liberty was an impressive goal line stand, with a touchdown-saving tackle by senior linebacker Jack Brissey forcing a turnover on downs at the Red Devils’ 1-yard line.

The ensuing offensive drive held some promise, but was ultimately driven backward, ending in a Red Devil safety to give Pickens a 2-0 lead midway through the second quarter.

The Blue Flame offense stretched its lead to 5-0 at halftime with a 45-yard Collier

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