Monthly Archives: September 2018

Porter reunion planned at Porter’s Chapel UMC

PICKENS — Descendants of Philip and Mary Smith Porter will meet for their annual reunion on Sunday, Oct. 7, at Porter’s Chapel United Methodist Church.

The church is located seven miles north of Pickens on E. Preston McDaniel Road off U.S. Highway 178. The gathering will start at noon, with lunch at

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Lady Flame are 10-0, 3-0 in Region play.

PICKENS — On Monday, September 10, the Pickens varsity

Lady Flame

volleyball team had an away match at Wren, where they defeated the Hurricanes 3-0 by scores of 7, 16, 12.

The Lady Flame, as a team served 96 percent, led by Kaylee Gillespie, Sydney Bolding and Ali Pace, 19, 17, and 12 respectively.  Bolding led in the team in kills with 13, followed by Lexi Wierzbicki with 9 and Abigail Durham with seven.

Gillespie recorded 23 assists in the match. Wierzbicki recorded 14 digs, while Bailee Earnhardt had eight, Savannah Noblitt had 6 and Durham had 5. The PHS JV’s also defeated Wren

Battening down the hatches

As we waited last week for Hurricane Florence to make landfall, bringing threats of major devastation as a Category 4 storm, I thought back to the last hurricane of that strength to hit North Carolina — Hurricane Hazel in 1954.

I’m old enough to remember Hazel. We lived inland from the coast, and I was a first grader, but still, it isn’t something you ever forget.

We were all at school when Uncle Jack came to our classroom to get us. He picked up Gwynne, John, Matt and me and loaded us all into the pickup. We sat on top of each other in the front with him instead of riding in the back of the truck as we often did as a group.

The rain was coming down in sheets, and trees were going down before our

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Veteran services get major boost

More than $536 million in grants has been authorized for services to veterans and their families.

One award, which will help low-income veteran families getting benefits from the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program, will give out $326 million. That money will go to 252 non-profit organizations around the country that help veterans and their families find stable housing situations. Services will include outreach and case management for health care, legal support, child care, a fiduciary, transportation and more.

Last year this same fund provided housing services to more than 129,000

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Changing our perspective

Decisions are a part of life that we face every day. With everything from what we will wear to purchasing a new washing machine, our choices contribute as key components of our success and failures that are also directly connected to our peace and joy.

Sometimes we are strongly influenced with the mesmerizing sparkle and emotional excitement that pulls us into a hypnosis, and this crossroad can be a dangerous place to make a long-term commitment.

It’s also common to experience regret after making a decision that did not turn out like we thought it would and is a discouraging environment, especially if we conclude there is no reasonable way out. For example, it would be miserable to buy an expensive sports car and then discover it’s uncomfortable to drive and is consistently breaking down with outrageous repair costs. Even more deflating would be to realize no one else wants it and we owe more than it is worth.

We can go down the list and see the many different areas of life where people are disappointed and feel hopelessly trapped. Things like a huge house mortgage that is more like a ball and chain than home sweet home, a

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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 participants are

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Now open in Six Mile

Fairview Water Gardens officially opened its newest facility, Fairview Water Gardens Country Park, located at 231 Griggs Road in Six Mile, on Monday, Sept. 10. Pictured are Francine Robertshaw and Elian Tyson of the Liberty Chamber of Commerce, Six Mile mayor Roy Stoddard, owner Ernie Vaughn, owner John Bruder, Aubrey and Colby, and Jim Hayes of Six Mile. Cutting the ribbon is owner Anna Bruder. The park offers birthday parties, pay and play and other events. Fairview will a fall festival on Oct. 13 with live music, food and shopping vendors, games and more. For more information, call (864) 868-9805, visit or find Fairview on Facebook.


Fine arts events planned at SWU

CENTRAL — Southern Wesleyan University’s Division of Fine Arts will present the following free events. For details, please contact the division office at (864) 644-5408 or email A schedule can also be found at

Sept. 20, 7:30 p.m. – Dr. Amber James Faculty Voice Recital

Newton Hobson Chapel and Fine Arts Center auditorium, 737 Wesleyan Drive, Central

Former graduate and newest Fine Arts faculty member, Dr. Amber James,

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Courier Community Calendar 9-19-18

• 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

• Event planned at Cafe Connection

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

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Mt. Bethel to host revival

SUNSET — 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.