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Police: Online threats disrupt schools

Gettys student charged EASLEY — A message on social media led to increased police presence at two Easley schools Friday. More »

Fall has arrived

The annual Pumpkin Festival drew hundreds of people as it served as Pickens County’s unofficial kick-off of the fall season More »

Trial opens in Liberty killing

By Greg Oliver Courtesy The Journal goliver@upstatetoday.com PICKENS — The brother of a man shot to death in July 2015 More »

Hope dwindling for Humane Society

By Jason Evans Staff Reporter jevans@thepccourier.com COUNTY — Pickens County Humane Society officials are focusing on finding forever homes for More »

Pickens volleyball team finishes unbeaten in region play

PICKENS — In her first year as head coach of the Pickens High School Lady Flame volleyball team, Rikki Owens More »

We don’t have to live in fear

Making money isn’t wrong. But killing people to do it is. It doesn’t seem to matter how many American citizens More »

 

Dustin Kennedy and Associates opens new Keller Williams real estate office in Easley

EASLEY — Dustin Kennedy, one of South Carolina’s top-producing real estate professionals, with $21 million in closed volume in 2016, has completely renovated a historic building that will serve as a new office at 103 W. Main St. in downtown Easley.

“Keller Williams Western Upstate is proud to announce that we have expanded our footprint into the Easley market with the opening of our newest Mega Agent Office,” Keller Williams Western Upstate team leader Joe Tidwell said. “Dustin Kennedy and Associates have been operating in the area as our partners for years. This new office marks an exciting milestone for both D.K.A. and K.W.W.U., as they will be able to offer increased services to the area and help more families, businesses and investors with

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Courier Obits 10-18-17

Julia McClaran

CENTRAL — Julia Iola Golden McClaran, 56, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017.

Born in Fort Bragg, N.C., she was a daughter of Imogene Merck Golden Head of Central and the late, Foyle “Pete” Golden. She graduated from Daniel High School, received a Bachelor of Science degree from Bob Jones University and an associate’s degree in nursing from Greenville Technical College. After working as a professional cake baker, she began her career as a registered nurse. She enjoyed continuing her baking skills for all her friends and co-workers at Jervey Eye Group. When she wasn’t working she enjoyed exercising, outdoor activities and spending time with her friends and family. To her six grandchildren she was known as Grandma Julie and she loved making memories with them. One of her greatest joys in life was being a mom to her four children.

Her life exemplified the love and kindness of Jesus to all who knew her. She often stated how blessed she was for all God had done for her. She will be remembered for her sweet spirit and beautiful smile.

Julia is survived by her children, Alvie (Rachel) McClaran of Greenville, Robert McClaran of

We don’t have to live in fear

Making money isn’t wrong. But killing people to do it is.

It doesn’t seem to matter how many American citizens want to feel safe in public, gun manufacturers can continue to make and sell “bump stocks” that make it possible to shoot more than 500 people in a few minutes. They can continue to make military and police weapons and sell them to Tom, Dick and Harry, even if Tom, Dick and Harry have serious mental issues or are convicted felons.

And that is why, when a few tables fell over at the Fall for Greenville Festival on Saturday, the first reaction of the crowd was panic. People heard the tables hit the pavement, someone

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Are Alzheimer’s and dementia the same?

Dementia is an umbrella term for several types of diseases. Alzheimer’s disease is one type of dementia. Let me explain.

Dementia is a broad description that includes many different symptoms of general decline in mental ability. It must be severe enough to interfere with daily life. It is caused by injury or loss of brain cells (neurons). Once brain cells are injured, they lose their ability to communicate with other cells, leading to dysfunction.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there are a number of conditions that affect the brain and can be attributed to the category of dementia. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of cases. Vascular dementia, which occurs after a stroke, is the second most common dementia type. Other causes for dementia include Lewy body

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Hurricane pets need homes

If you’ve considered getting a pet, this might be the perfect time to adopt one. A side effect of all the hurricanes we’ve had is the number of animal shelters that are completely filled. Either the owners can’t be found or the families have no homes to go back to and are living in shelters that won’t allow pets. In hurricane-hit areas, adoptions have plunged because people have so much to do just to take care of their families.

Across the country, other shelters have taken up the cause and have run caravans (even

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Pin-Ups for Vets

It was with great irritation that I learned about a Department of Veterans Affairs hospital cancelling a previously scheduled visit from a group called Pin-Ups for Vets, without (apparently) doing its homework. After a hue and cry on the hospital’s website, it finally said yes, and the visit was on again.

Pin-Ups for Vets, a kitchen-table startup that has been quite successful in supporting veterans, was created in honor of a grandfather who served during World War II. Since 2007, the group has visited more than 60 military hospitals and 20 military bases (some overseas), and have been welcomed at each one. They donate funds for veteran programs, deliver care packages, support homeless veterans and military wives, make hospital visits (wearing their vintage dresses) and chat with the veterans,

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Daniel to host alumni band night for season finale

CENTRAL — Did you play in the Daniel High School band? If the answer is yes, then this is your chance to march on Singleton fied again, as a special reunion is planned on Friday, Oct. 27, at the school for the D.W. Daniel High School Marching Band Alumni Night.

Come and meet and visit over dinner, then have a short rehearsal with this year’s marching band.

The Lions will be taking on the Pickens Blue Flame in the season finale, and all DWD band alumni will join this year’s band at the stadium and play along with them. All alumni are asked to stay and enjoy this year’s

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Faith Lutheran Chapel plans to host ‘Getting Healthy Together’

PICKENS — Faith Lutheran Chapel announces a new weekly series open to the Pickens community, exploring healthy living.

Each session will include an educational presentation with time for questions, shared resources and optional activities. The series will focus on how the human body interacts with its environment and how we can cooperate with God’s design for wellness, using natural, holistic methods.

Areas for study include:

Physical foundations of health — air, water, food, weight control, sleep, exercise, environmental concerns, managing your genetics

Mental and emotional health — brain support, stress, cleaning up your genes, environmental

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Clemson Area Chamber set to hold human checkers match

CENTRAL — The Clemson Area Chamber of Commerce’s Central Area Business Council will host its second annual human checkers match in Central on Thursday, Oct. 19, at 5:30 p.m., with CAT as the title sponsor. The match will be held in the parking lot next to Hachi Express on the corner of West Main and Church streets. The two opponents — Central Spirit Clemson faces off against Southern Wesleyan University — will be perched high above the giant checker

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Courier Community Calendar 10-18-17

• Meal on Wheels Glow Run is Oct. 21

The Pickens County Meals on Wheels 5K Glow Run fundraising event with a glow attire contest will be held on Oct. 21 starting at 7 p.m. Awards will be given to first- and second-place runners. More information and registration is available at go-greenevents.com and on the Pickens County Meals on Wheels Facebook Page.

• Meal on Wheels plans Casino Night

Pickens County Meals on Wheels’ Riverboat Casino Night fundraiser is set for Nov. 4, starting 7 p.m. The event will also feature an auction at the McKissick Center for Senior Wellness in

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