Monthly Archives: September 2018

PRA announces 2018-2019 Main Street Challenge

PICKENS — The Pickens Revitalization Association recently announced a new Main Street Challenge for 2018-2019.

The Main Street Challenge is an entrepreneurial start-up competition for the purpose of generating additional retail occupancy in Pickens. At the same time, it provides a means by which local, area and regional entrepreneurs can advance their desire to expand or open a new business.

For up to two winning entries, the Main Street Challenge program will offer two cash incentives in the amount of $5,000 or one cash incentive in the amount of $10,000 for start-up businesses, which must then open a new location in Pickens by

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What is the Thin Gold Line?

Many of you reading are probably familiar with “The Thin Blue Line” representing law enforcement and maybe even “The Thin Red Line” representing the fire department. Fewer are probably aware of “The Thin White Line” that represents emergency medical services, but I imagine even a smaller percentage are aware of “The Thin Gold Line” that holds all the others together.

The following has been provided by a former Pickens County 911 dispatcher, and just as they served behind the scenes and unseen, that is how they requested to remain.

“The Thin Gold Line represents an emergency telecommunicator, also known as a 911 dispatcher or a 911 call taker. Agencies may have different titles for these types of positions due to a person’s role in a communications center. For example, in some agencies a person can be both a 911 dispatcher and a 911 call taker. This is where an individual has the capability and training to answer a 911 emergency call and then notify (dispatch) first responders to the caller’s location. In larger agencies, there is usually a designated 911 call taker and a 911 dispatcher, which means the

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Courier Letters to the Editior 9-26-18

Proud of the efforts of our community

Dear Editor,

This past weekend I experienced, once again, the generosity and “goodness” of this community we live in. Hagood Mill has for many years had a wonderful fiddlers convention in September, but this year the newly formed nonprofit Hagood Mill Foundation decided to make it a weekend event with the competition, local artisan demonstrators, concerts, demonstrators, vendors and camping on site.

It turned out to be an extremely successful event, much because of the sponsors and volunteers at the event. Individual and business/corporate sponsors generously gave their money/in-kind items to help feed the more than 125 volunteers, loaned equipment/tents/furniture, helped decorate

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Helping seniors stay at home

Across the U.S. there are 296 communities in the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities. These represent 75 million people who live in areas that work to provide all that’s necessary to create livable communities for everyone, especially seniors.

AARP gives grants to these communities for specific efforts, such as to improve the walkability of downtowns, train volunteers in dementia programs, build raised planters in community gardens, create age-friendly trails and bike paths, and install key-code boxes outside the homes of elderly so EMTs can

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Getting your medals

Maybe all you wanted at the time was to get out, to leave the service and not look back. But now, with the passage of years, perhaps you want the medals you earned and never received.

If that’s you, there are steps you can take to get what you earned. The more time that’s passed, the more difficult it might be, but it can still be done, especially if you have your original paperwork.

Go online to and click on Replacement Medals. You’ll

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‘Reads, Beats & Eats’

An evening of food, music and fun for literacy

EASLEY — United Way of Pickens County’s Women United is a community of women who are fiercely committed to improving the lives of children in Pickens County.

Whether advocating or fundraising for programs like Camp iRock and the newly created “Preschool Pages,” Women United is a powerful force for education.

On Thursday, Oct. 4, Women United will host “Reads, Beats & Eats,” an evening of food and music to support early childhood literacy in Pickens County. The event will be held at Sleepy Hollow Barn and Plantation at 220 Issaqueena Trail in Clemson from 6-9 p.m., with entertainment by Left Lane.

“This is not a women-only event,” said Jennifer Shurley, vice president of resource development at United Way of Pickens County. “Everyone is

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PHS Class of 1963 to hold 55th class reunion

PICKENS — The Pickens High School Class of 1963 will hold its 55-year class reunion beginning at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3, at Larry Looper’s barn on Belle Shoals Road in Pickens.

The event will be a Mexican-style tailgate party. Dress will be casual. Those who prefer adult beverages should bring their own.

RSVP by Oct. 15 to June Bowers, 270 Lakeview Drive, Pickens SC 29671, or by email to For more information, contact Linda Newman at (864) 477-9090 or Dean Holder at (864) 414-1353. Invitations will be sent.


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

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Community Calendar 9-26-18

• Mt. Bethel to host Revival Oct. 1-4

The Rev. Jeff Roper will lead revival services at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church from Oct. 1-4, beginning at 7 p.m. Special music and a nursery will be provided each night. Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church is located at 126 Mt. Bethel Church Road in Sunset. The Rev. Dick Waldrep is pastor.Everyone is invited.

• Event planned at Cafe Connections

The public is invited to show up Thursday night, Sept. 27, at Café Connections in downtown Pickens to learn a little about our Constitution and the role you play in impacting our government. The free class will

Spiritual emphasis speaker tells students to ‘take obedient risks’

CENTRAL — Heather Semple of 12Stone’s Central Campus Leadership Team was the speaker for a series of spiritual emphasis services Sept. 10-12 on Southern Wesleyan University’s Central campus.

Semple challenged students to take “obedient risks” to follow God’s will. Semple is a 1997 SWU graduate.

Semple prayed for students at the conclusion of the last service, “build a foundation inside of them in this university that is one grounded and founded in truth.”

At the start of each semester, SWU conducts spiritual emphasis services, providing a time for spiritual reflection and growth.

A growing Wesleyan church serving the Atlanta area through multiple campuses, 12Stone is based in Lawrenceville, Ga.