Daily Archives: 09/03/2019

Hagood Mill hosting 23rd annual fiddling convention this month

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

On Sept. 20-21, vintage fiddle music will fill the hills and hollers around Hagood Mill as the mill 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

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Suicide prevention workship offered Sept. 13 in Clemson

CLEMSON — Help end the second leading cause of death of people 15-34 years old in our state by attending a free one-day suicide prevention/intervention workshop on Friday, Sept. 13 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Clemson. All participants are welcome, and five hours of professional learning credit is accredited for this course.

Email or call Tom von Kaenel (864) 643-9197 to register or for more information.


Courier Community Calendar

• Pickens Lions need your help on Sept. 7

The Pickens Lions Club has joined South Carolina’s Adopt-A-Highway program to help keep local roads clean and will be on “Litter Patrol” this Saturday, Sept 7. The Lions are in charge of S.C. Highway 8 starting at Walgreens in Pickens and ending at Pickens Animal Hospital. The Lions are looking for volunteers to help with the effort. You do not need to be a member of the club, just have a passion to help keep Pickens. Safety vests and garbage bags will be provided. Call Brian at (864) 507-3146 to get more information.

• Jones Hill set to host Chinese auction

Jones Hill Church of God will host a Chinese auction on Saturday, Sept. 21. Located at 1014 Dalton Road in Marietta,

Hicks awarded CRB designation

EASLEY — Jennifer Hicks, broker in charge of the Easley office of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, C. Dan Joyner Realtors, has been awarded the prestigious Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager (CRB) designation, the premier brokerage management credential in the industry.

The CRB is conferred by the Real Estate Business Institute and is an official designation of the National Association of Realtors. Hicks joins an elite group of real estate professionals from around the world who have earned the CRB designation. All were required to complete a comprehensive program combining experience with management education and subscribe to the Realtors Code of Ethics.

With a career spanning 16 years in the real estate industry, Hicks has

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Conservatives plan monthly meeting

EASLEY — Conservatives of the Upstate will hold its September meeting from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday at Coyote Coffee in Easley.

The meeting, open to the public, will feature guest speaker David Weikle, who has announced his candidacy to run against Sen. Lindsey Graham in next year’s Republican primary. The public will be allowed to ask questions.

Coyote Coffee is located at 1035 S. Pendleton St. in Easley.

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Courier Obituaries 9-4-19


LIBERTY — Thomas Mearl “Tommy” Barrett, 76, of 152 Pilgrim Family Lane, died on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, at Manna Health and Rehab in Pickens.

Born in Pickens, he was a son of the late Aaron Earl Barrett and Frances Galloway Brown. He was retired from Alice Manufacturing’s Foster Plant. Tommy enjoyed restoring old cars and was of the Baptist faith.

Surviving are his wife, Debra Pilgrim Barrett of the home; a daughter, Darlene Fisher of Easley; a stepdaughter, Laura Wood of Pickens; seven sisters, Ann Adkins, Linda Norton, Peggy Stewart, Jane Hamby, Kathy Leslie, Marie McCall and Sue Morgan; a stepsister, Lisa Whitmire; a half-brother, Timmy Barrett; four grandchildren, Charlene Juarez, Chris, Dustin and Alyssa Dear; two great-grandchildren, Diamond and Krizjian Barrett; his stepmother, Helen

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Etienne, Clemson dominate Yellow Jackets to open season

By Alex Maminakis
Courtesy The Journal

CLEMSON — Travis Etienne set a career high in rushing yards, quarterback Trevor Lawrence made up for a less-than-stellar start, and Clemson’s new-look defense made a statement debut Thursday night as the top-ranked Tigers dominated in their season opener.

Clemson beat Georgia Tech 52-14 on Thursday night in Memorial Stadium to begin its title defense on a high note with its 11th straight 20-point victory.

“It’s great to get the win,” Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said. “I told the players in the locker room how blessed we are to have a fan base that shows up and gives us a great environment. Our guys were ready and excited to show

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Missed opportunities doom Blue Flame in shutout loss

By John Robert Ayers
Courier Sports

PICKENS — After allowing rival Easley to reel off 31 unanswered points to close out a Week 0 loss, the Pickens Blue Flame were looking for a more resilient effort in Friday night’s home opener against Pendleton.

However, turnovers, failed fourth-down conversions and big plays by the Bulldogs kept the Blue Flame off the scoreboard in a 22-0 loss.

“I think we did have some hangover for this week,” Pickens coach Chad Smith said. “But that does not excuse the way we performed tonight. That was not the same Pickens football team that performed well last week.”

Pickens’ efforts on the night were marred by drive-ending fumbles and an overall failure to convert on fourth down. All told, eight of the Blue Flame’s drives ended on fumbles

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Liberty bounces back from opening loss to beat Bulldogs

By Rocky Nimmons

LIBERTY — The Liberty Red Devils were ready to get the taste of a Week 0 defeat out of their mouths last week, and the Berea Bulldogs just happened to be the unlucky foe next on the schedule.

The Bulldogs went into Red Devil Stadium and found themselves in the crosshairs of head coach Kyle Stewart’s tough defense. The unit seemed to have an answer for anything Berea had to throw at them, and the Devils produced a 24-14 victory on a beautiful Friday night in Liberty.

The only points the Bulldog offense put on the board came with just 2:22 to play in the game.

“Defensively, I think we played a pretty good first half,” Stewart said. “Obviously they scored that TD at the end, but other than that, the defense got a shutout for three and half quarters”

Offensively, the Devils sputtered in the first half, but as the game wore on, the unit got going and dominated the Bulldogs on the ground, mounting 323 yards compared to Berea’s 156.

“We just had to settle down,” Stewart added. “We just needed to stop worrying about all the things that are out of our control and focus on the things we do control. Once we did

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Easley gets week off to regroup after big loss to Lions

By Eugene Jolley
Courier Sports

CENTRAL — A shootout was expected Friday night when the Daniel Lions hosted the Easley Green Wave.

Unfortunately for the Green Wave, they were firing blanks as the Lions built a 44-0 halftime lead and won 51-6.

It was the second consecutive season that the Lions had scored 50-plus against Easley following a 54-28 win in 2018.

“I didn’t do a good job of coaching them up tonight,” first-year Easley coach Caleb King said. “That loss, it’s all on me. We’ll work and get better next week and get ready for a really good team.”

Easley could have staked a claim as the Pickens County champion with the win. Instead, the Lions are two-thirds of the way there after opening with a 44-0 win at Liberty, with only Pickens standing in their way later in the season.

How bad was it for Easley?

• Negative 33 yards of offense in the first quarter thanks to two bad snaps from center, with the second resulting in a safety.

• The Green Wave offense was woeful on first-down plays. Easley ran 19 plays on first

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