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Ceremony held in honor of Liles at Jaycee Park

PICKENS — The Pickens Service Club, BSA Troop 51, family, friends, veterans and residents of Pickens conducted a flag-raising ceremony at Jaycee Park for the rededication of the E. Rutledge “Rut” Liles Memorial on Oct. 14.

Liles, a son of Pickens, was born May 13, 1947, to Rut Sr. and Mary Liles. Liles grew up in Pickens in the 1950s and ‘60s and was the perfect example of the “guy next door” with his infectious smile.

He was an active member of Grace United Methodist Church and Troop 51 of BSA, where he earned the rank of Eagle

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Courier Community Calendar 11-7-18

• Cannon Auxiliary to host Winter Fest

Cannon Auxiliary will hold its annual Winter Fest from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 15 in the AnMed Health Cannon classroom. A variety of handmade items will be for sale. Those who hand make crafts and would like to have a table at the sale are asked to contact Amanda Miller at (864) 898-1134 or or contact Lib Cowan at (864) 878-9999.

• Pickens VA Office to host veterans event

The Pickens County Veterans Affairs office is excited about the upcoming Veterans Day events this year. The office is celebrating the many veterans in Pickens County to show their appreciation to all and the sacrifices that were made.

The second annual Veterans’ Appreciation Dinner is being hosted again

2018 Dacusville Farm Show photos

Cooperative announces addition of Blue Ridge Energy Services

PICKENS — Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative, long known for its commitment to quality service for its members, has announced the addition of Blue Ridge Energy Services.

The new array of services is dedicated to expanding alternative energy sources, while staying focused on using energy wisely.

“Blue Ridge Energy Services will magnify what the co-op is already doing in the area of member solar, battery storage, generators, geothermal technology and electric vehicles,” Blue Ridge president and CEO Jim Lovinggood said. “We want to be recognized as the

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SWU education program provides options

CENTRAL — Six months after receiving approval for its new doctoral program in education by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), Southern Wesleyan University believes its “inventive learning” approach will benefit educators, as well as those who are working in nonprofit organizations and church-based ministries who desire to rise to the next level professionally.

A group of education professionals, including principals and other administrators, has become the first class of Southern Wesleyan University’s Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Curriculum and Assessment.

“Southern Wesleyan’s commitment to providing high quality, high touch, affordable and relevant online programs that meet students’ needs has been driven by our passion to serve adult students – a passion that goes back over

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Southern Wesleyan announces Strike as Ed.D. coordinator

CENTRAL — Southern Wesleyan University recently hired Dr. Kimberly T. Strike as itscoordinator of doctoral studies.

In her new role, Strike will provide leadership to Southern Wesleyan’s Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Curriculum and Assessment program.

Strike brings three decades of experience as an educator into her new role. Most recently, she has served as associate professor and program leader at Concordia University in Chicago. Strike’s experience has been shared throughout the corridor of Chicago to Milwaukee, including a state appointment to assist with a turn-around district in Illinois, work with voucher schools in Milwaukee and appointment to turn around a UW charter school in Wisconsin.

Her research has been published in several scholarly publications on topics that include mentoring, performance and accountability. Strike has also been a presenter at several national and international conferences. She recently did a presentation for Carnegie Summit in San Francisco, “Identifying and Growing Internal Leaders: A

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Courier Community Calendar 8-8-18

• Anderson reunion set for August 26

The decedents of the late J.R. Anderson and Nancy Anderson will have their annual family reunion at the Mountain Grove Baptist Church fellowship Building at 1 p.m. Aug. 26. Plates and cups will be furnished.

• Legion seeks WWII vets for Honor Flight

The Honor Flight Program is looking to reach all World War II veterans. Pete Peters and Richard Reece, who are members of the staff at Honor Flight, are also members of Pickens American Legion Post 11. The two men are seeking WWII veterans who haven’t gone to Washington to see the WWII Memorial Monument.

The cost of the trip for the vet is free. Each veteran will also be assigned a guardian, who will be his extended family for the day and will attend to all his needs. In addition to the WWII Memorial, those on the Honor Flight will visit the Korean, Vietnam, Lincoln and Marine Corp Memorials. They will finish off the day at Arlington Cemetery for the changing of the guard. Food, drinks and

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Mile Creek Baptist Church to celebrate Homecoming and 140 years of ministry

Six Mile — Mile Creek Baptist Homecoming will held on August 26

Mile Creek Baptist Church will be celebrating 140 years of ministry. Old timey dress is encouraged. The Dixon’s will be sing and Jared Dixon will preach.

Friends, family and former members are invited to come out to this special day.

There will be an 11 a.m. service only (no Sunday school or evening service). Homecoming dinner will follow the service.


St. Matthias Lutheran Church preschool moves

EASLEY — The preschool program at St. Matthias Lutheran Church (SMLC) has moved.

It was a short move, less than a football field long, but it will reap big benefits for the school.

Planned for a long time, the move from the education wing of the church to the stand alone building, called the Luther Center, will more than double the

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Garrett named teacher of the year at Edwards

CENTRAL — Southern Wesleyan University education graduate Mary Cate Garrett was recently named teacher of the year at R.C. Edwards Middle School.

Garrett, who is the school’s athletics director, teaches sixth- to eighth-grade physical education and health. She is also an assistant softball coach at nearby Daniel High School.

Garrett’s mother was a teacher, so her interest in teaching began at a young age. She recalls teachers who inspired her and impacted her life, including Mary Elizabeth Freeman, a second-grade teacher who cared about her students as she would her own children.

Although the classes she teaches at R.C. Edwards tend to be large, Garrett tries to learn something about each of her students and feels that it’s important to keep the lines of

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