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Experts emphasize safety as US prepares for solar eclipse

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New Beginning

Flame ready to hit the ground running in Smith’s first season By Cole Little Courier Sports news@thepccourier.com PICKENS — “You More »

Ready For More

Numbers game key to another successful season for Red Devils By Jimmy Kirby Courier Sports jkirby@thepccourier.com LIBERTY — The Liberty More »

On The Upswing

Green Wave looking for more ups, fewer downs this season By Eugene Jolley Courier Sports ejolley@thepccourier.com EASLEY — The Easley More »

Moving forward

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Nothing to fear but fear itself

I’m thinking about getting a special flag to attach to my car. Maybe a white background with a red heart in the center and two white doves inside the heart. And on the outside edge, running around the heart, it should say “Love one another.”

I’ve puzzled and pondered the riot in Charlottesville, Va., and still don’t understand why people would do what was done.

There are a lot of viewpoints in the world, and of course a lot of them are not appealing to me. That doesn’t mean I plan to march up and down the peaceful streets of Pickens rallying my followers to hate my neighbors

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Importance of a purpose in life

There are many ingredients that make our existence successful. One is having a purpose in life. When we are young, we prepare for a career. Then we engage in our career.

As we get older and we retire, the purpose dims. Is it to play golf or tennis? Probably not. Those are just enjoyable activities. One purpose that we can’t underestimate in value is family — being a good spouse, parent and grandparent. Another is to volunteer for a position in a school system, health organization, church or other type of organization where you use your skills to benefit the community.

Finding our purpose is easy compared to a person who has developed any

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Letters to the Editor

Letter to our xenophobic president

Dear Editor,

To our xenophobic president: Who are you to only allow immigrants who can speak English into the USA?!

My grandmother, who migrated from Poland, spoke only seven words of English. My grandmother never spoke English, but she did more for this country then you can imagine.

One of her sons was wounded at the battle of Pearl Harbor, and another son

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Southern Wesleyan hosts active-shooter training

CENTRAL — Southern Wesleyan University Campus Safety hosted ALICE active shooter instructor training Aug. 1-2 at its Central campus.

ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate and is a useful strategy for everyone: law enforcement, schools, universities, hospitals, businesses, and places of worship.

Representatives from area law enforcement,

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Community Calendar 8-16-17

• CAAAM to host Black Business Expo

On Sept. 9, the Clemson Area African American Museum (CAAAM) will host a Black Business Expo at Calhoun Bridge Center. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and admission is free to the public.The expo will be an opportunity for Upstate African-American business owners and entrepreneurs to sell their products and services and showcase their artwork. Light refreshments, hot dogs and fish sandwiches will also be

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Steaks grilled right are never wrong

By Olivia Fowler
For the Courier

ofowler@thepccourier.com

Almost everybody grills steak. And there are a few basic rules to apply to all steak grilling projects.

Never put a steak on a cold grill. Get the grill hot before starting. Leave the

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Beloved restaurateur Joe Lesley passes away

Joe H. Lesley

Easley — Joe Harrison Lesley, 77, of Easley, known to many as “Hot Dog,” went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017.

Born Oct. 9, 1939, in Easley, the son of the late Jack and Blanche Hughey Lesley, Joe was a graduate of Easley High School and attended North Greenville Junior College.

Joe was the proud and well known owner and operator of Joe’s Ice Cream Parlor. He received the Small Business of the Year award and served on the Cornerstone Bank Advisory Board. Joe had a passion for sports, where he was a frequent spectator, and was inducted into the Easley High School Athletic Hall of Fame. He was a faithful member of Easley First Baptist Church, where he belonged to the ER Eller Sunday School class.

Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Carolyn Keasler Lesley; two daughters,

Courier Obituaries 8-16-17

Edward L. Scruggs

Pickens — Edward L. Scruggs, 85, the husband of Juanita C. Scruggs, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, July 26, 2017.

Mr. Scruggs was born in Oconee County, the son of the late Lee Roy and Grace Elizabeth Revis Scruggs.

Survivors include one son, Jimmy Scruggs (Marie) of Pickens; two daughters, Joan Turner (Tony) of Pickens and Kathy Sipe (Sonny) of Pickens; three granddaughters, Kristi Oxendine (Johnny), Lori Foster and

No. 1 Volleyball Camp draws dozens of girls at Pickens Rec

PICKENS — Nearly 50 campers participated in the No. 1 Volleyball Camp at Pickens Recreation gymnasium July 24-27.

Twenty-two rising fourth through sixth graders and 23 rising seventh and eighth graders took part in the activities.

Camp director Peggy Anthony expressed her appreciation to Cheri Anthony and Heidi Covey from the recreation department and to Moriah Hughes from J.D. Sports, who produced the camp shirts.

Staff coaches included Anthony, Katie Gowan, Sam Bailey and Annika Jones. Also assisting Anthony were Calie Covey, Bailee Earnhardt, Megan Carpenter and Ali Pace with the younger group and Alex Dow and Olivia Dow with the older group.

“We had a wonderful group of girls who were attentive, respectful and hard-working,” Anthony said. “They were fun to be around, and I hope they all feel like they learned something and improved.”

The fourth-sixth campers were Addie Sanders, Amber Chapman, Anna

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New Beginning

Flame ready to hit the ground running in Smith’s first season

By Cole Little
Courier Sports

news@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — “You think you glorify things in your mind, but, when you come back, you remember that Pickens is a different place. It’s a special place.”

Two decades removed from suiting up on the gridiron as a member of the Pickens Blue Flame, first-year head coach Chad Smith feels as if he never truly left, assimilating back into the community that fostered his love for football rather quickly.

After a successful four-season stint at the helm of the Clover High School football team, which included a playoff appearance last year, Smith opted to return to his alma mater in the offseason, taking the reins of a

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