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Category Archives: Lifestyles

Springing to new life

After closing, Holly Springs school reborn as valuable community center

By Dr. Thomas Cloer, Jr.

Special to The Courier

March 14, 2016, was another “date which will live in infamy” for many in our Holly Springs community. It was also sad for families connected to Albert R. Lewis Elementary School. That was the date the Pickens County School Board voted 4-to-2 to close the two schools.

I was four days old when Franklin Delano Roosevelt died. My oldest brother, Nat, was a month old when FDR spoke those words on Dec. 7, 1941, after the Japanese Empire attacked Pearl Harbor. The word “infamy” means a disgrace or the very opposite of fame. My late uncle, Fred Moody, my late mother’s brother, was there serving in the army at Pearl Harbor, and survived the attack.

I have a little propensity to “protest too much” as Queen Gertrude said in Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” While that may be true, let me quickly say that I spent years at both of those closed schools, and therefore should at least have my say. Without overdoing

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Big Flavors for the Big Game

Make mouths water at

your Super Bowl party

When hosting a Super Bowl party, it’s easy to assume the focus would be on the score or the award-winning commercials, but it’s actually a great reason to indulge in flavor-filled bites. When the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles face off this Sunday with the Lombardi Trophy on the line, let your guests obsess over the game while you serve up ooey-gooey dips, saucy wings and football-themed

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Dare to Dream

The man behind the dream

Martin Luther King Jr. was born in Atlanta in 1929 to teacher Alberta King and Baptist Minister Michael Luther King. He graduated high school in 1944 at age 15 and enrolled at Morehouse College, where he earned a B.A. in Sociology in 1948. Following this, King went on to earn a B.D. from Crozer Theological Seminary in 1951, and a Ph.D. from Boston University in 1955.

In 1953, King married Coretta Scott, a New England Conservatory music student, and they eventually had four

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Why we celebrate the King Holiday

The Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday celebrates the life and legacy of a man who brought hope and healing to America. We commemorate as well the timeless values he taught us through his example — the values of courage, truth, justice, compassion, dignity, humility and service that so radiantly defined Dr. King’s character and empowered his leadership. On this holiday, we commemorate the universal, unconditional love, forgiveness and nonviolence that empowered his revolutionary spirit.

We commemorate Dr. King’s inspiring words, because his voice and his vision filled a great void in our nation, and answered our collective longing to become a country that truly lived by its noblest

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‘Everything is Sacred’

Musician uses flute to teach about Native American cultures

Redheart speaks to local students

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

PICKENS —

Peter Feather Redheart gave up a rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle to reconnect with music that speaks to his heritage and the wider world around us.

A Native American flute player, Redheart visited the area recently and spoke to local elementary school students.

Hailing from Crow Creek, S.D., Redheart now lives in New Mexico. His mother is from the Crazy Horse Clan and his father from the Black Hills Clan.

He’s been a musician since he was young, but the Native American flute was not his first choice of instrument.

“I’ve been a drummer since I was 5,” Redheart said.

He would play the drum at powwows. In middle school in the mid-1980s, he picked up another instrument — the accordion.

“They didn’t have native flutes at school at that time,” Redheart said,

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new year’s tidings

Creative ways to ring in  the new year

Counting down the hours until the new year can be exciting, as the world anxiously anticipates the adventures in store for the months ahead.

Celebrating the new year dates back thousands of years to the ancient Babylonians, who celebrated a new year come the first

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Miracle of the season

Weeks after her heart stopped 7 times, Liberty woman thanks first responders who saved her life

By Pamela Dodson

Staff Reporter

pdodson@thepccourier.com

LIBERTY —

Only God knows when our time comes to an end, and only he knows when he will call us home.

Laura Jones of Liberty knows this with all her heart.

You see, she has died. In fact, she died at least seven times on Oct. 30.

But she now knows that it was not her time to leave this world.

“The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best

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Concert choir plans two shows of JS Bach’s Christmas Oratorio

LIBERTY — The Pickens Concert Choir will perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s Christmas Oratorio at the Pickens County Performing Arts Center in Liberty this Friday and Sunday.

This is will be the first time the Pickens Concert Choir will perform at the Pickens County Performing Arts Center with a full orchestra and world-class vocal soloists.

The show will feature soprano Cheryl Greene and tenor Seth Killen, both voice professors at North Greenville University, as soloists. It will

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LHS improv troupe to take stage Friday

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

LIBERTY — The members of Walking Shadows, Liberty High School’s improv troupe, were surprised by the big audience that their first show drew last month, and they’re hoping to build on that support.

The troupe will perform again at 7 p.m. this Friday, Dec. 15, at Liberty

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Here comes Santa Claus

COUNTY — Central, Six Mile and Liberty kicked off the Pickens County Christmas parade season last weekend, as they enjoyed beautiful weather for their annual celebrations.

Huge crowds showed up to ring in the season, spready holiday cheer and even collect a little candy.

After originally being scheduled for Tuesday night, the threat of rain forced Clemson to reschedule its parade for this Thursday, and Dacusville, Pickens and Easley will also join in the fun this weekend. Children in Norris will also get a visit from Santa

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