Six Mile to come alive with annual Issaqueena Festival this Saturday

SIX MILE — The annual Issaqueena Festival is planned for this Saturday in downtown Six Mile. Main Street will be More »

‘A gratitude crisis’

UN ambassador urges Clemson grads to pay it forward Haley presented with honorary doctorate By Jason Evans Staff Reporter More »

Confederate Memorial Day event planned

PICKENS — For the 115th year, the traditional Confederate Memorial Day will be celebrated this Saturday, May 19, on the More »

Response to new magnet schools called ‘fantastic’

By Greg Oliver Courtesy The Journal COUNTY — School District of Pickens County spokesman John Eby could hardly contain More »

Central senior center to get new life this year

By Jason Evans Staff Reporter CENTRAL — Officials hope to use the former Seniors Unlimited building in Central for More »

New county museum exhibit a result of journey in friendship

PICKENS — As you travel through life, you never know of the people you meet, which ones will become your More »


We are the caretaker of our own thoughts

I read a book years ago by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale called, “The Amazing Results of Positive Thinking,” and I recommend it as an inspiration and encouragement to your spiritual life.

Peale explains that our mind is filled with all types of thoughts and persuasions, but everyone is held accountable to manage them. We have the ability to resist and ignore the negative influences that hinder our life and to also embrace

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Short-timer? Plan your post-service benefits

If you’re about to leave the service, there are a number of transition services you need to know about. Your biggest issue will be timing.

Wherever you’re stationed, there is a benefits adviser available, as well as a Transition Assistance Program (TAP) manager. Their job is to help you through the process and make sure no stone is left unturned in getting you the benefits you need once you’re out.

As a first step, to learn about all the benefits and services available to you, go online ( and select either Active

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How does your hospital stack up?

Just because your local hospital received a good rating in the past doesn’t mean the rating has stayed the same. Things change, for good and for bad. If you’re about to have surgery or need to pick out a new medical facility, check online sites to see what the latest scores are for hospitals near you.

Leapfrog Group is one of the organizations that collects data and reports hospital performance

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Courier Obituaries 5-16-18

Gertrude Skelton Henderson Nix

EASLEY — Surrounded by most of her family, Gertrude Henderson Nix passed peacefully to Heaven May 11, 2018, at the Magnolias of Easley, where she had lived most of the last seven years.

She was born Martha Gertrude Skelton on March 3, 1920, and lived the majority of her 98 years in Pickens County.

She was predeceased by her parents, Clarence S. Skelton and Carrie Kelley Skelton, and her brother, Edward. She was also predeceased by her husband of 43 years and father of her children, Samuel I. Henderson; her second husband, Paul W. Nix; her son, Robert, and his wife/ her

Encounters with Venomous Snakes of Southern Appalachia

By Dr. Thomas Cloer, Jr.

Special to The Courier

There is something about venomous snakes that makes almost everyone shudder. I have never been able to pinpoint what that variable is. Is it because of the Genesis story in the Bible, or the fact that pain and death are possibly so close? I only know that I, personally, still have that feeling, especially when a rattlesnake is involved.

Encounters with Rattlers on Stinking Creek

In 1959, my dad announced that the big steam sawmill that the Cloers operated would be leaving the North Georgia mountains, which my brother, Nat, and I had known as home throughout the 1950s. We were moving to the high East Tennessee mountains and a place called Stinking Creek. The creek had been named after a horrifically cold winter in the late 1700s, when the livestock had all died and frozen along the creek. The spring thaw then

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Workshop planned next week for job seekers over 50

UPSTATE — Job seekers who are 50 years of age and older may be eligible to receive free job training through the AARP Back to Work 50+ grant at Tri-County Technical College.

A Seven Smart Strategies for Job Search Workshop will be held Tuesday, May 22, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the Industrial and Business Development Center, Room 126, at the school’s Pendleton campus. For more information or to register for the workshop, call the AARP

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Pickens chamber welcomes new photography business

PICKENS — The Greater Pickens Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed Russell Brinson Photography to the chamber business community.

Brinson specializes in wedding photography, senior photography and family photography, but the studio does everything from sports, fashion and commercial, to even celebrity photography. Russell Brinson Photography is a family business.

Brinson developed a passion for photography as a child, and his kids

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Community Calendar 5-16-18

• McDonald’s to host CMA Spirit Night

The Cannon Memorial Auxiliary Hospital Auxiliary will hold a Spirit Night at McDonald’s in Pickens from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 22. A portion of sales from the event will be given to the auxiliary. The Cannon Memorial Hospital Auxiliary financially supports AnMed Health Cannon through a variety of fundraising events throughout the year. In addition, auxiliary members contribute many hours in service to the hospital by volunteering in different areas.Those interested in learning more about Cannon Memorial Auxiliary are asked to call Kathryn Gravely at (864) 898-1252.

• PHS Class of 1968 to hold 50th reunion

Invitations to the Pickens High School Class of 1968 50th reunion were mailed on April 1. Call (864) 878-1355 or email

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Straight from the oven

By Olivia Fowler
For the Courier

Although they are a prime staple of the Southern breakfast table, biscuits can make for a delectable delight morning, noon and night.

They’re best when they’re warm and fresh out of the oven, but they can be made ahead of time and refrigerated or frozen and easily reheated when convenient.

Biscuits are also one of the most versatile additions to any baker’s repertoire. They can be served by themselves or with any number of toppings, including butter, gravy, jams and jellies, honey and so much more.

These recipes are some of my family’s favorites, and I’m sure you’ll enjoy them just as much.




Courier Legals 5-16-18


CIVIL ACTION NO. 2018-CP-04-00214

BY VIRTUE of a decree heretofore granted in the case of: Jeffrey Cable vs. Tom Ivester Real Estate, LLC and Bank of America, I, the undersigned Master in Equity for Anderson County, will sell on June 5, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the Anderson County Court House, Third Floor, Courtroom #2, 100 S. Main Street, Anderson, South Carolina to the highest bidder:

All that certain piece, parcel or lot of land lying and being situate in the

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