Daily Archives: 09/10/2019

Courier Letters to the Editor

Automated answering systems

Dear Editor,

Anyone out there hate those things companies have these days known as automated answering systems that tell you what to do to get through to speak to a human? I don’t. Actually, I throughly despise them!

You just call with a question and end up feeling like you would have done far better to have dropped by and talked in person. So many questions before you get to speak to someone. It’s extremely aggravating!

I once tried for two days to get through to ask a little bitty simple question. I finally had to get a friend to use a high-tech super computer to get through. Even that took more than 20 minutes. I’d bet it would be easier to break into Fort Knox than to get through on one of these demonic things!

I once got a message on my voicemail to call a business I deal with. Yes, of course I got one of these systems. Took 20 minutes to get through. Not so bad. Well, maybe not. I was put on hold for 10 minutes to go with the 20 I’d already spent trying to get through. Bad enough not knowing what problem or problems I might have had, but then I had to listen to mind-numbing music waiting to talk to a human. Turned out it was about wanting to know if I needed more of what they sold!

When you get these automated answering systems on the phone line, they ask so many questions that it seems like you’re taking a college entrance exam. All in the world I want is to speak to a human being. Not too much to ask for, is it? At least they will communicate with you.

It would be a good way to get enemy spies to talk, I’d bet. “You tell us, Bullnip, what we want to know or we’ll hook you up with an automated answering system. Then you’ll talk.”

I can just hear it now — Bullnip screaming, “nooo, not that, not one of those automated answering systems! Water board, electrical shock — anything but an automated answering system!”

Does anyone else hope these infernal systems will be thrown into the deepest, darkest, hottest pits of hell come judgment day? I do. So how’s your week so far?

Eddie Boggs


Addressing a range of letter topics

Dear Editor,

Recently I went to the Pickens CVS store. I told the kind, Christian lady cashier that I liked her bracelet. I thought nothing of it until I got home and noticed the bracelet was in my bag. I thought she accidentally left it in there. Then I noticed a note that said, “With love from Jesus.” I thought that was so swwet and kind that I was moved to tears. I put it on and am still wearing it. It reminds me that kind people are in Pickens and why I love living here. That was such a sweet and very rare selfless act for these days. I felt so blessed, and the next day I went back to the store and told the manager and cashier and told them to thank her.

If you have setbacks in life, move on and trust God — life is good. If somebody needs help, help them. One day you might need someone’s help. In life, stuff happens. Remember, this too shall pass. Try to please God in everything you think, say and do.

Remember, don’t leave your kids in your hot car. Leave your purse or your left shoe in the backseat so that you don’t forget them. You’ll be glad you did.

The three people who usually write letters to the editor, especially Alex Saitta, make a lot of sense. We should follow his suggestions.

We should outlaw football at the middle and high school level because of concussions and injuries. I’ve heard that in the first high school game that Easley High School ever played, someone died. Every tackle causes traumatic brain injury. Kids that young don’t have the good judgment to know better than to play this life-damaging sport. I have two brothers who had life-changing injuries playing football. They suffered concussions and knee damage. Was it worth it? Of course not. I did not let my son play, but he didn’t want to anyway. As parents, we need to make wise decisions for our children.

Diane Finley



SWU 2019 5K run to benefit Hope for Haiti

CENTRAL — Southern Wesleyan University Athletics and TRiO Student Support Services is organizing a 5K run Oct. 5 to help bring hope and relief to the people of Old Le Tant, Haiti.

The run benefits Hope for Haiti, which was organized by a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award winner. Over the past three years, Hope for Haiti has provided solar lighting, sanitary toilets, a water catchment system, chalkboards, school supplies, food, clothing, shoes and medical supplies and built two new houses.

Registration for the race starts at 8 a.m. in front of the Welcome Center on Clayton Street at Southern Wesleyan. The race will begin at 9 a.m.

A registration or sponsorship form can be obtained by emailing or by registering online at For details, call the TRiO Student Support Services office at (864) 644-5126.


Half a century

At the August communication of Keowee Lodge No. 79, A.F.M., well-known Pickens resident Robert F. Nealy was honored for completing 50 years of membership. He was presented with special awards from the Grand Lodge of South Carolina in recognition of his achievements. Pictured are Nealy, left, and Michael Pace, worshipful master of Keowee Lodge.


Workshop planned Friday to address suicide prevention

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 this 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.


VA schedules parade Nov. 10

LIBERTY — The Pickens County Veterans Affairs office has announced that there will be a veterans parade in Pickens County again this year.

The parade will be held Nov. 10 at 3 p.m. in Liberty. The agency wants to invite all veterans and military (National Guard, reserves, active duty) and ROTC to participate.

Participants may gather as groups and ride on a float or trailer pulled by a truck, ride your motorcycle, drive a classic car or walk. The opportunity will be taken to recognize and honor veterans. Anyone interested in participating in parade should contact the Pickens County Veterans Affairs office at (864) 898-5926, (864) 898-5928, or (864) 898-5243.


WPO plans celebration for10th anniversary in county

PICKENS — The Widowed Persons Organization (WPO) of Pickens County, sponsored by Dillard Funeral Home, will celebrate its 10th anniversary this month.

The organization is not a grief therapy group, but it does provide an opportunity for widowed persons to come together, make new friends and share conversation and food while finding a new beginning in life.

The group meets on the second Saturday of every month at 1 p.m. in the fellowship building of Lakeview Baptist Church on Mauldin Lake Road in Pickens.

Everyone interested is invited to attend. For more information, call (864) 850-1987 or 864-878-6215.


Courier Community Calendar 9-11-19

• Day family reunion planned for Sept. 15

The Day family reunion, including descendants of Bradwell Day and Elizabeth Cansler Day, is planned for Sept. 15 starting at 1 p.m. in the social hall of Georges Creek Baptist Church, located at 1991 Saluda Dam Road in Easley. Everyone is invited to attend the church service starting at 10:30 a.m. Visitors are asked to allow others to leave the parking lot by 12:30 p.m. before arriving for the reunion and bring a picnic lunch or covered dish to share and a drink. Plates, napkins, cups and eating utensils will be provided. Assistance will be available in filling out DAR membership papers. For more information, contact Bunny Zygmont at (301) 755-4389 or

• Chappell reunion set at Holly Springs

Family and friends of the late J.C. (Came) and Elizabeth Patterson Chappell are invited to their annual family reunion

Blue Flame pitch shutout vs. Liberty

By John Robert Ayers
Courier Sports

PICKENS — After two weeks of missed opportunities to open the 2019 season, the Pickens Blue Flame went into Friday’s game against county rival Liberty needing a win in the worst way.

The Flame were able to make the most of their opportunity, stifling the Liberty offense and picking up a 10-0 win.

“It feels great,” Pickens coach Chad Smith said. “Our kids executed, and we did a good job. I’m very proud of them. Those kids impressed me tonight. That was a first-class type of win.”

The closing minutes of the win were especially sweet for Smith, as his team showed remarkable determination in the fourth quarter, stopping the Red Devils inside the 1-yard line on their last possession before chewing up the final six minutes of the game clock with a drive that

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Red Devils lament missed chances in loss at Pickens

By Eugene Jolley
Courier Sports

PICKENS — After an emotional, hard-fought battle with county rival Pickens Friday night, the Liberty Red Devils must have had one question running through their mind — what if?

The Devils had multiple missed opportunities, especially in the final quarter, in a 10-0 loss.

Following Pickens turnovers, Liberty started with the ball in Blue Flame territory at the 15-yard line and the 38-yard line and came away with zero points, literally missing by half a yard on its final chance.

“I didn’t have our team ready to play,” Liberty coach Kyle Stewart said after the game. “Plain and simple, we weren’t ready to play. That’s my

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Green Wave hope to get back on

By Eugene Jolley
Courier Sports

EASLEY — Easley will play its closest rival Friday night when the Green Wave trek the six miles into Anderson County to play the high-flying Wren Hurricanes in their home opener.

The Green Wave will look to bounce back after a disappointing performance in the second game versus Daniel, falling, 51-6.

“We’ve got to get ready for another really good football team,” first-year Easley coach Caleb King said after the loss to the Lions. “Wren has a great football team. We’ve got to make sure we are well prepared, better than we were tonight.”

Offensively, the Green Wave have tried to have a balanced attack. Quarterback Kasten Harvey has yet to throw for a score, but has two rushing touchdowns, while only throwing one interception so far this season.

His top target has been freshman receiver Chris Edge, who has 12 catches, but for just 60 yards. Senior Hooper

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