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Painting the town orange

Fans line streets to celebrate Tigers’ third national title

By Alex Maminakis
Courtesy The Journal

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CLEMSON — Even the frigid temperatures and a short bout of sleet couldn’t put a damper on the Clemson Tigers’ national championship celebration on Saturday morning in Death Valley.

The Tigers rode through downtown Clemson and then through campus in their second championship parade in three years as thousands of fans filled the streets and Memorial Stadium to celebrate their beloved champions.

For the last time this season — and for some players, the last time ever — the Tigers entered Memorial Stadium down the Hill and celebrated their 44-16 College Football Playoff National Championship Game win over Alabama to finish the season a perfect 15-0.

“This is definitely special — getting to the mountaintop, everything we’ve worked so hard for,” senior defensive tackle Christian Wilkins said on stage to the large crowd in attendance. “Not just these four

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Celebration of champions

Thousands of fans lined College Avenue in downtown Clemson and the streets of the Clemson University campus on Saturday morning as a parade led the 2019 College Football Playoff champion Tigers to Memorial Stadium for a celebration of the team’s second national title in three seasons. The Tigers took down top-ranked Alabama 44-16 in the championship game on Jan. 7 to give Clemson its third national crown in program history. Asked about the atmosphere during the parade by an Upstate TV news station, head coach Dabo Swinney responded, “It’s surreal. Can’t wait to do it again.”

Photos courtesy ClemsonTigers.com

 

Make favorites less fattening

By Olivia Fowler

For the Courier

ofowler@thepccourier.com

You can cut some fat out of foods you really like without ruining the flavor.

And believe or not, the following recipes cut down on butter and starchy vegetables by replacing them with ingredients you might think are unlikely.

But don’t take my word for it. You have to try these out for yourselves and decide whether you want to add any to your collection of favorite recipes.

The chocolate beet cake is very moist and smooth. The muffins using

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Tigers leave no doubt to reach mountaintop again

By Eric Sprott

Courtesy The Journal

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — It had been a 35-year wait before the Clemson football team was able to repeat the feat of winning its first national championship in 1981.

The wait for the third title was just a touch more bearable.

On Monday night, Clemson once again rode the play of true freshmen Trevor Lawrence and Justyn Ross, while the defense didn’t allow Alabama into the end zone after the first quarter in a resounding 44-16 victory at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., for its second championship in three years.

By winning the College Football Playoff National Championship Game, the No. 2 Tigers (15-0) became the first team in the modern era to finish 15-0, and they knocked off Alabama for the second time in the teams’ fourth

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Former Pickens officer faces sex charges

McKnight suing city, department

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

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PICKENS — A former Pickens Police Department officer faces multiple charges in connection with allegations of illicit sexual activities with minors.

Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Creed Hashe said 28-year-old Akiel Jamar McKnight, 28, is charged with two counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, one count of criminal solicitation of a minor and one count of misconduct in office.

S.C. Law Enforcement Division agents arrested McKnight on Jan. 2, according to a release from special agent Thom Berry.

Online records show McKnight, who had been employed by the Atlantic Beach Police Department in Horry County since last month, was booked at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center in North Myrtle Beach at 7:43 p.m. Jan. 2. He was released a little more than an hour later and transferred to the Pickens County Detention Center, where he was booked at around 1 a.m. and later denied bond on all charges.

Warrants allege McKnight asked a minor to send him sexually explicit photographs and/or videos between Oct. 1, 2017, and Nov. 29, 2018, and

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Foundation impressed by Dream Center’s success

Hipps Foundation recently gave to Opportunity Village

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

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EASLEY — Tucker Hipps had a passion for helping the homeless, and the foundation that bears his name wants to help homeless people in his memory.

After Tucker’s death, his mother, Cindy Hipps, said the family was told many stories about people witnessing Tucker helping the homeless.

“He’d take them out to lunch or open his wallet and give them money,” she said.

Cindy Hipps is the president of the Tucker W. Hipps Memorial Foundation, which recently made a $25,000 donation to the Dream Center

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Six Mile cloggers audition for ‘America’s Got Talent’

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

SIX MILE — A local clogging team is hoping to show off its talents nationwide.

The team included nine members of the studio’s Footloose team.

HotFoot Studios owner Sharon Finley said Footloose, the studio’s senior team, took part in auditions for “America’s Got Talent” in Charlotte, N.C., on Dec. 15.

“We participated first in Pickens County’s Got Talent,” Finley said.

Pickens County’s Got Talent  was held as part of the county’s “Blue Ribbon Birthday Bash” sesquicentennial celebration Oct. 6 in Easley.

“We competed in Pickens County’s Got Talent,” Finley said. “We won.”

Because of its success, the team was invited to audition for the 14th season of the popular television show, expected to begin later this year on NBC.

“We got what’s called a front of the line pass,” Finley said. “It was really fun and a great opportunity for us.”

A hostess met the team and guided them around the proceedings, she said.

“We learned a lot about behind the scenes of ‘America’s Got Talent,’” Finley said. “We even performed for the entertainers there. We were made to feel really special. It was a great day for us. We had a great time.”

The team will learn sometime between now and March 1 if they’ll be going

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Pete and Sally Smith Foundation donates $100K to Sullivan Center

By Michael Staton
Clemson University

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CLEMSON — The Pete and Sally Smith Foundation has committed $100,000 to support Clemson’s Joseph F. Sullivan Center, a nurse-managed clinic located on the university’s campus. Beyond supporting campus wellness for Clemson students, faculty and staff, the Joseph F. Sullivan Center provides outreach to many underserved communities throughout the Upstate of South Carolina through the use of mobile health clinics.

The Sullivan Center has used mobile health clinics for 28 years and is

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Options abound for getting your greens

By Olivia Fowler

For the Courier

ofowler@thepccourier.com

There are many varieties of greens available to us all, and almost everyone is familiar with them.

And there are just as many ways to cook them as there are varieties, but this week I thought it would be good to not automatically think of turnip greens as being the first and last word in greens.

Here are some of my favorites, and I hope you’ll find some of these recipes pleasing to the taste buds.

Happy New Year.

 


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