Police: Man moved, left 17 dogs

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celebrating July 4 — A patriotic proposal

In addition to live music, fun and fireworks, those in attendance at downtown Easley’s annual Fourth of July celebration last More »

French festival at SWU Saturday to benefit nonprofit horse farm

By Jason Evans Staff Reporter CENTRAL — Southern Wesleyan University will host a festival celebrating all things French this More »

Fireworks and Freedom

Pickens County residents donned their red, white and blue as local communities hosted a variety of events to celebrate America’s More »

Local dancers win titles

ROCK HILL — Dancers from Foothills Dance Arts competed in Dance Machine America’s National Dance Championships in Rock Hill the More »

Blueberries go mainstream in July

By Olivia Fowler For the Courier July is National Blueberry Month. Our blueberries are coming in strong right now, More »


Local girls have great showing at USAV national championship

DETROIT — The 14U Elite Pickens team of the Carolina One Volleyball Club known as “Fire” won four of their last five matches at the 2018 USAV Girls Junior National Championship in Detroit, Mich., June 25-28.

After a slow start on Monday, Fire played excellent volleyball against powerful teams, battled hard in very close contests and represented our area very well.

“I felt we should have been 4-1 in pool play, but we didn’t have it together and didn’t play our usual game, eliminating us from contention,” head coach Peggy Anthony said.

Fire lost to Maryland Juniors 15-25, 21-25; East Coast (Drexel, Pa.) 27-25, 19-25, 11-15; Rockwood Thunder (Eureka, Mo.) 16-25, 23-25, and to the No. 1-seeded team, the East Valley Juniors (Tempe, Ariz.)16-25, 12-25, but defeated North Juniors (St. Paul, Minn.) 25-18, 25-12.

“After our team meeting on Wednesday, we refocused, settled down, got our unity and confidence back, and played awesome,” Anthony said. “I am extremely proud of the fight and heart they showed from then on. They were

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Soccer, volleyball signups now open

PICKENS — Fall soccer and volleyball registrations are being taken now through July 20 at the Pickens Recreation Center on Sangamo Road in Pickens.

For soccer, the following coed age divisions are offered: 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12 and 13-15.

For volleyball, the following age divisions are offered: 7-9, 10-12, 13-14 and 15-17.

Following registration, a skills/evaluation day will be held for each age division in each sport.

The registration fee provides a jersey to be kept. The fee is $45 for in-city residents and $55 for out-of-city residents.

Birth certificates are required at registration, and birthdate cut-off is Sept. 1, 2018.

If you are interested in coaching or need additional information, call the recreation department at (864) 878-2296.


In the eye of the beholder

Sometimes on the hill across from us there will be several hawks soaring. It looks like fun.

But sometimes, on the hill across from us there will be a lot of large birds circling. A quick look and I’ll think, “Oh, they must be hawks.”

But a closer look, with the help of binoculars, proves me wrong.

They’re not hawks, but buzzards, or the more sinister name, vultures.

I’ve always thought buzzards look ominous.

This is not their fault. I suppose buzzards are beautiful to other buzzards, just as frogs and alligators find beauty in their companions.

At least I think they do. For all I know alligators eat each other, but at some point in time, they find mates they think are attractive.

But I digress.

After doing a little research online, I learned that we have two kinds of

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Buyer beware of bogus bargains

One way to save money is to buy used stuff. But avoid being burnt by being aware of bogus bargains, deceptive duds and painted pigs.

There are more than 5,000 flea market-type operations in North America, of which at least 1,000 are considered semipermanent, according to These markets are also referred to as swap meets, trash and treasure, boot sales and outdoor markets.

Watch out for new paint on old items at yard sales, flea markets, auctions and Craigslist. Heads up on a fantastic deal that’s just too good to be true. Pay attention to the long-winded sales pitch.

I bought an outdoor wooden bench at a flea market. I knew it was older, but I

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Courier Letters to the Editor 7-11-18

ClemsonFest thanks the community

Dear Editor,

A special thank you to the thousands of good folks who joined us at the new location for the ClemsonFest celebration. The fireworks were spectacular, not only for the new expanded fireworks, but as well for the enhancement of nature. The lightning streaks interspersed with the manmade show really lit up the sky.

As those of you who attended can attest to, this annual event has outgrown its old location at the Snow Family Recreation Center (formerly Y Beach). We have plans for further additions and improved parking and traffic control. Our thanks to Pickens County sheriff’s deputies for their help throughout the evening. The lower price for a glass of beer was well received, as was the larger selection of food vendors. Next year, we will see the addition of a misting tunnel to cool adults and entertain the kids. Stay tuned as 2019 rolls around for new entrance and exit instructions.

We are especially grateful to the many volunteers who gave their time and provided much welcome support.

For those of you who missed our 25th annual ClemsonFest event, pencil in your 2019 calendar for July 3, where we will again be celebrating at this new location at 1569 Eighteen Mile Road in Central, a quarter mile off U.S. Highway 123.

Our thanks to many — attendees, sponsors, volunteers, community supporters and chamber staff.

David Lane


Clemson Area Chamber of Commerce

Beware of rabid skunks

Dear Editor:

I live approximately three miles from downtown Pickens. On Sunday, July 1, we saw a skunk walking around our yard in the bright sunlight. He crossed the road and went into the woods. A few hours later, we found him hiding between a large box that we store yard tools in and our back porch. When he finally came out, he could barely walk. He was dragging his hind legs. Then he

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Courier Obituaries 7-11-18


CENTRAL — Ron Black, 72, of 480 Pin du Lac Drive in Central, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, July 7, 2018.

Ron is survived by his wife, Laura Neath Black; daughter, Leanne Broome (Devon); stepson, John Vinson; grandsons, Ransom and Oron; sister, Elaine Memmott (Richard); and first wife and special friend, Sandy Alexander (Jimmie), who both provided non-stop support, prayers and encouragement.

Ron was born in Greenville, on Jan. 28, 1946, to Lang and Jessie Black. After graduating in 1965 from Carolina High School, Ron furthered his education by attending Mars Hill University (BA), Converse College (M.Ed.) and Clemson University (Ed.S.). As an educator for 38 years, Ron touched the lives of many in the School District of Pickens County before retiring in 2007.

Ron Black’s family was his constant joy. If they were happy, then so was he. He adored

Fireworks and Freedom

Pickens County residents donned their red, white and blue as local communities hosted a variety of events to celebrate America’s independence last week, with festivities in Six Mile, Central/Clemson, Easley, Liberty and Pickens. The events each featured plenty of food, music, fun and fireworks displays lighting up the night.

Photos by Rocky Nimmons, Doug Tate and Kerry Gilstrap



Blue Ridge Electric presents festival funding to charities

Courier Community Calendar 7-11-18

• Night of Christian karaoke planned

There will be an exciting night of Christian karaoke this Thursday, July 12, at the Golden Grove Wesleyan Church fellowship building at 6:30 p.m.

The church is looking forward to celebrating local residents’ talents in a fun, family-friendly environment. Can you sing, play an instrument, write poetry, paint with your toes or whistle with your ears? Join church members to celebrate your talent at the free Christian karaoke night.

There will be a free nacho bar, desserts, coffee, tea and soft drinks. There will be board games for those who are interested. A keyboard will be set up for anyone who plays or brings an accompanist. The ministry staff and congregation invite those from the community to 7997 Moorefield Memorial Highway in Liberty for the event. Feel free to call church music coordinator Nancy Edwards at (864) 506-5315 with any questions.

• Benefit planned for Anita Owens July 28

All are invited to attend a cancer benefit for Anita Owens at the Ooleney Community Building in Pumpkintown on Saturday, July 28. The event will start at 7 a.m. and will run throughout the day. The benefit will include a raffle, door prizes and a yard sale. Hot dog and barbecue plates will be sold at the event, with

Local dancers win titles

ROCK HILL — Dancers from Foothills Dance Arts competed in Dance Machine America’s National Dance Championships in Rock Hill the last week of June.

The dancers competed in solos, duets, groups and the solo title competition. Dancers represented both Anderson and Pickens counties and ranged in age from 8 to adult.

The solo title competition consisted of interview, audition class, stage presence and solo performance. Lillian Goodman competed in the junior division, and Maddisyn Busby competed in the mini division. Busby won a class award, interview award, stage presence award and placed first runner-up.

In the regular solo competition portion, several members of Foothills Dance Arts competition teams competed. Busby earned an elite gold and placed eighth overall in the mini division. Goodman earned an elite gold for her pointe solo and a platinum for her contemporary solo in the junior advance division. Lou Lou Gilstrap earned an elite gold for her lyrical solo. Kaitlyn Ellison earned an elite gold and placed fifth overall with her lyrical solo. Karis Bass won an elite gold with her solo in the senior division.

Bass and Goodman competed their duet “Don’t Tell,” earning a platinum rating. Their duet was also second overall in the teen division.

In the group division, the dancers competed their jazz dance “Mein Herr” and their contemporary dance “Gravity.” Mein

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