Daily Archives: 12/04/2018

George Bush stood for time-honored American values in a changing world

With the passing of former President George Herbert Walker Bush on Friday, the last of the leaders of the “greatest generation” has left the national stage. His is a great loss, and the outpouring of affection for the man and what he stood for is a well-deserved tribute.

Known to his family as “Poppy,” the nation’s 41st president, who served from 1989 to 1993, was also the last of the patrician presidents of the 20th century, a man in the mold of Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and John Fitzgerald Kennedy, like them a product of a wealthy

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Courier Letters to the Editor 12-5-18

Council must exercise oversight

Dear Editor,

I am sure many have read about the school board race in Dacusville. On Tuesday, Nov. 8, about 3,450 votes were cast in the race, and Phil Healy got 20 more votes than Alice Hendricks Vander Linden.

Hendricks Vander Linden protested the election. The county election commission threw out the result, and it appears to be heading for a new election.

The voting machines were programmed incorrectly and had the wrong ballots on them in a total of eight precincts. Three of those precincts were in this Dacusville school board district (Crossroads, Nine Forks and Dacusville precincts).

While the machines were down, from 7 a.m. to about 9:30 a.m., voters

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Smelling the last rose of summer

Just last week, the day before the temperature went down to freezing, I was out near the hen house looking at the new laying hens and noticed that there was a rose in full bloom on Jo Jo’s rose.

This rose was planted in memory of the late Jo Jo, our loyal rat terrier who died in 1999. It’s planted next to the tomato shed, and water draining from the utility sink keeps the earth around it moist. In addition to the blooming rose were two buds. One was just about to unfurl its petals, and the other was a bud I knew would be killed before blooming.

The proper real name of the rose is the Queen Elizabeth. It has bloomed every year since Jo Jo’s death, and it has the sweetest fragrance. A good bloomer, it is always a source of flowers for the house.

So I snipped all three and brought them into the kitchen, where they ended

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Pickens Festival of Trees open at Colonial House

PICKENS — Starting this week, the Colonial House Bed and Breakfast is hosting the first-ever Pickens Festival of Trees.

The Festival of Trees opened Tuesday after the Christmas tree lighting in Legacy Square and will run throughout the month of December. Along with viewing the Festival of Trees, children and families can also come for a picture with Santa through Dec. 23. Santa’s official calendar can be

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Veterans Day celebration held at Pickens Senior Center

On Nov. 12, the Pickens Senior Center honored local veterans for their years of service to our country. The event was held at the Hagood Center. The program of honor began with the presentation of the flag followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem. A Veterans Table and Boots, Rifle and Helmet were on display to remind attendees of those who have fought for our country, but are listed as prisoners of war or are no longer with us. A number of patriotic songs were sung prior to Charlie Tapp’s presentation, “Recognition of Veterans.” Tapp invited veterans to share any comments they wished, prior to the retirement of the flag and a closing prayer. After the ceremony, all veterans were invited to remain for a group picture and lunch. Seated are Jim Pace, Navy, WW2; Michael O’Cain, Air Force; Marion Aiken, National Guard and Navy; Raymond Dawkins, Army; George Boney, Army and Air Force; Carl Porter Army; Margie Reeves, Air Force; Earl Reeves, Army and Guy Hester Army. Standing are Stanly Morgan, Navy; Glen Grant, Air Force; Evan Chastain, Air Force; Harry Moraska, Army; Charlie West, Air Force; Terry Houston, National Guard; Ron Day, Navy; Bob Carver, Army; Dale Davis, Army; Leroy Johnson, Air Force; Charlie Tapp; Tommy Porter, Army; Richard Authur; Billy Singleton, Navy Air Corp; Jack Holcombe, Navy/Army MP; David Gravely, Army; Henry Kirkland, Mariners; Frank Richie, Army; and Donnie McKinney, Navy.


Courier Calendar of Events 12-5-18

• Amazing Grace to hold early services

Ron Grant will perform a special Christmas program at the Hagood Community Center auditorium at 7 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 8. Grant will share funny stories, jokes and music for the entire family. Grant is performing as a fundraiser for the Hagood Center, and community support is appreciated. Tickets will be $5 at the door.

As an extra benefit for those attending, there will be a soup and sandwich pre-concert meal in the dining room from 5-6:45 p.m. Cost of the meal will be $5 at the door.

• Amazing Grace holiday program set

Amazing Grace Fellowship located at 229 Pearl St. in Pickens will be hosting a Christmas program called “What Child is this” on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend and worship and enjoy the Christmas season.

• Pickens Concert Choir to perform

The Pickens Concert Choir will present its third annual Christmas concert on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 3 p.m. at the Holly Springs Center at 120-B Holly Springs School Road in Pickens, just off U.S. Highway 178 north of

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Jackets end Lions’ season in Upper State title game

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter

GREER — Behind 32-23 and in need of two scores to regain the lead, the Daniel Lions were desperate for any points they could get when they 10 minutes to go against the Greer Yellow Jackets during Friday night’s Upper State championship game at Dooley Field.

The drive started disastrously, with quarterback Tyler Venables sacked back to the 3-yard line. However, Venables made up for the loss by moving the Lions out to their own 16 on fourth down. Despite being 84 yards from the end zone, Daniel head coach Jeff Fruster believed time had become too big a factor to punt the ball away, so the Lions went for it on fourth down.

“We were going to go down fighting,” Fruster said. “We knew we were running thin on opportunities, and as long as we had the ball in our hands, we felt like we had a good chance. We wanted to keep the ball in our hands one more time.”

Just one yard short of the first down, Venables took the snap, only to be stopped by a host of Yellow Jackets, ceding possession to Greer and leading to a 35-23 loss that dropped the Lions to 11-2 and ended their remarkable turnaround season a game shy of the program’s first trip to the state championship game since 2013.

“I think the record is indicative of what this class was capable of doing,” Fruster said following the loss. “I’ve said any manner of things about how proud I am of this group, and I think making it this far just goes to show you how talented a group this is. I told my whole team that this was not a shameful event. This is nothing to hang our heads about. We came and we played hard, and the better team won. That’s what it’s supposed to be.”

The fourth-down stop wasn’t out of character for the Yellow Jackets on

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Tigers wrap up fourth straight conference title, playoff berth

By Eric Sprott
Courtesy The Journal

CHARLOTTE, N.C. —Facing a fourth different opponent in as many years, the result remained the same for Clemson in the ACC Championship Game — a win, and with it, a berth in the College Football Playoff.

Following the second-ranked Tigers’ 42-10 victory over Pittsburgh on Saturday night at a dreary Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., they were a virtual lock for the four-team playoff field, which was announced shortly after noon Sunday on ESPN.

Clemson will take on third-ranked Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl in

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Smith’s Flame continue building foundation for success

By Rocky Nimmons

PICKENS — In Year 2 of the Chad Smith era of Pickens High School football, the plan was to show improvement and reach goals.

Smith’s Wing-T offense is one that improves as young players gain experience and buys into the system, and that is exactly what happened in 2018. Smith’s methodical scheme is such a precise attack that the Blue Flame needed discipline and patience to make it work.

It also requires a defense on the other side of the ball to pace the game and stand tough against some of the most potent offenses in the state week in and week out. Defensive coordinator Eric Houston had his unit ready to play all year long, and the result landed the Blue Flame a spot in the Class 4A playoffs.

Pickens (4-7, 2-3) ended its year with a goal met, but plenty better days

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Courier Legal Notices 12-5-18





Case No.: 2018-DR-39-644



You are hereby summoned and required to answer the Complaint in this action a copy of which is herewith served upon you and which is filed in the office of the Clerk of this Court this same date and to serve a copy of your Answer to the Complaint upon the subscriber at 107 East Main Street, Pickens, South Carolina, within thirty (30) days after the service hereof,