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McKinney Chapel Christmas program planned Saturday

SUNSET — The long-ago story of a miracle in a stable in Bethlehem will be told again at McKinney Chapel, in Pickens County’s Eastatoee Valley, this Saturday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m.

It’s a traditional gift to everyone who comes to the tiny old church, and everyone is invited.

For more than three decades, since the abandoned frame chapel was restored by Georgia Chapman in the early 1980s, the old-time pageant, with Mary and Joseph and the Baby Jesus, the angels, shepherds and wise men, the harmonica player and country-bred singers with the classic Sunday School piano, has offered its time-honored message. Long

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Post 11 honors council for Veterans Day efforts

During the Dec. 3 Pickens County Council meeting, American Legion Pickens Post 11 gave a “Letter of Appreciation Award” to county council for the very successful recent Veterans Day celebration and parade in Liberty. The event featured Sen. Lindsey Graham and Rep. Davey Hiott, American Legion riders and Pickens Jeep Club members participating to honor county service veterans. Handing the award over to council were Post 11 chaplain Capt. Gary Parsons with fellow Legionnaires Richard Reese, Pete Peters, Randall Wood, Terrance Gromlovits, Michael Keith and Joe Acampora.


Courier Community Calendar 12-12-18

• 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.

• Easley Community Band to perform

The Easley Community Band will perform its annual Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 17, at the Foothills Playhouse in Easley. The festive performance will feature selections from the Polar Express, Russian Christmas music and the ultimate Christmas sing-along. Admission is free,

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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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

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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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