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Courier Obituaries 1-15-20

RUTH E. CRAWFORD KELLEY

SIX MILE — Ruth E. Crawford Kelley, 88, widow of Earl Kelley, passed away on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, at her residence.
Ruth was born in Anderson County, a daughter of the late George and Ida Nix Crawford. She was a former employee of Elljean Textiles in Pickens. Ruth enjoyed making homemade quilts and various types of jellies.
Surviving are daughters, Diane Bryant of Six Mile and Glenora Arnold of Liberty; and a large number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and parents, Ruth was predeceased by sons, Ricky Donald, Lewis Donald and Doug Donald; and a daughter, Brenda Lewis.
Funeral services were held on Jan. 9 in the chapel of Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home, with burial following at the Kings Grove Baptist Church cemetery.
Visit robinsonfuneralhomes.com or Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home and Cremations, Central-Clemson Commons.

LOUNELLE SIMMONS

PICKENS — Lounelle Simmons, 86, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, in Pickens.
Born in Pickens, she was the daughter of the late William Franklin Nealy and Bertie Evette Nealy, and wife of the late Sherril Dean Simmons.
She was a member of Griffin Baptist church in Pickens.
Survivors include three sons, Douglas Simmons (Phyllis) of Easley, Michael Simmons of Pickens and Keith

Short-handed Wave fall to Greenwood

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter
bnimmons@thepccourier.com

EASLEY — Facing any opponent without your starting point guard is a tough proposition, but the Easley Green Wave boys’ basketball team seemed up to the challenge without sophomore guard Princeton Rhodes early on in Friday night’s region matchup against the Greenwood Eagles.
Rhodes’ absence proved too much, though, as turnovers and sloppy play plagued Easley down the stretch in a 64-50 loss.
“When Princeton is out, we have to play guys at different positions,” Easley coach Mike Jones said. “Then, when you play a team that is so athletic and so defensive-minded like Greenwood, it really exploited some of the areas that we are normally stronger at.”
With Rhodes out with injury, sophomore Kain James picked up the slack and had a strong game, scoring 15 points and keeping  Easley afloat in a game that always seemed within reach, even though the Green Wave were unable to close the gap.
“Every time we started to make a push, I felt like they upped the pressure defensively,” Jones said. “Some bad turnovers at those critical points just never allowed us to get over the hump.”
The Wave started off in a hole, letting Greenwood go on an 8-1 run

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Easley girls drop heartbreaker

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter
bnimmons@thepccourier.com

EASLEY — The Easley Green Wave girls’ basketball team faced an emotional rollercoaster against the Greenwood Eagles on Friday night.
The Wave used an 18-4 run to take their first lead in the fourth quarter, but after another Eagles run, the Wave were in dire straits in the final seconds, trailing by two points.
The Green Wave got their chance for the victory after a miss by Eagle guard Kendahl Spearman on a one-and-one opportunity, as Elizabeth Goodwin launched a half-court heave for the win.
Goodwin misfired on the attempt and a subsequent miss on a putback as time expired doomed Easley to a 44-42 loss.
“We’ve struggled a lot lately, and part of that is lack of confidence while on the floor,” Easley coach Ivan Raymond said. “Tonight we saw them be patient and play good basketball, but we didn’t get the desired outcome. Still, I couldn’t be more proud of this group.”
The Wave got off to a rough start offensively, making no field goals

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Lady Blue Flame split two games

PICKENS — The Pickens High School girls’ basketball team last week split two games with area rivals, losing to Seneca at home and defeating Greer Middle College in an away game.
On the regular season, the Lady Blue Flame stand at 5-4 as they begin region play this week. The Pickens girls dropped a Jan. 8 home game to Seneca, 67-35, then rebounded the following against Greer Middle College, defeating the Lady Blazers 46-35 in a game played at Eastside High School in Greenville.
“Last week’s games got us mentally and physically prepared to start region games this week,” Pickens coach Rikki Owens said. “It has

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Signups now open for soccer, volleyball

PICKENS — Registration is now open for the spring soccer and volleyball seasons at the Pickens Recreation Center on Sangamo Road in Pickens.
Financial assistance is available for those who qualify, and applications will only be taken through Jan. 24, though registration will be open through Jan. 31.
For soccer, the following coed age divisions are offered — 5-6, 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12. Depending on the size of

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New book tells story of Holly Springs dog

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter
jevans@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — A new children’s book tells the story of a connection between a local woman and the dog she befriended.
“Hambone” was published Nov. 1 by Ambassador International.
“I am a lifelong Pickens County resident,” author Liz Rampy said.
A Clemson University graduate, Rampy has experience in the classroom and in the public sector. “Hambone” is her first book.
“I have always had the idea that I would probably write a children’s book,” Rampy said. “I work with children, I relate to them well and I enjoy writing.”
The subject of her book may be familiar to customers and

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Grant will provide training to help workforce needs

PENDLETON — Tri-County Technical College received a $57,310 grant to award 20 scholarships for industry-based training that can give individuals the skills training and certifications that can qualify them to work in local manufacturing within two weeks.
The grant was awarded to Tri-County by the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce through the S.C. Technical College System.
Individuals can apply now for the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) classes that will begin in February. Contact Wade Pitts at (864) 646-1718 or visit him at the Industrial and Business Development Center

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Poster contest winners

The Six Mile and Clemson Lions Clubs sponsored the International Lions Clubs Peace Poster Contest for the sixth, seventh and eighth grades at R.C. Edwards Middle School in the fall. First-place winners were recognized during a joint awards banquet of the two clubs on Nov. 14 at Six Mile Town Hall. Pictured are sixth-grader Marenda Riggins of Six Mile, sponsored by the Six Mile Lions Club, and seventh-grader Hallie Ray of Central and eighth-grader Marie Burton of Clemson, both sponsored by the Clemson Lions Club. Christy Garrett, pictured at right, is their art teacher. She led their creative work under the theme of “Journey of Peace.”

Inspired

John Wakefield of Pickens created this artwork after he said it came to him when he awoke one morning about a month ago. Wakefield went to work to create the piece and hopes it will lead at least one person to God.

Central names Mealy Volunteer of the Year

CENTRAL — The town of Central recently honored Mark Mealy as Volunteer of the Year for his unselfish service to the community.
A resolution from the Central Town Council states that Mealy “has demonstrated his willingness to give of his time and talents to the town of Central.”
The resolution also says Mealy “has displayed constant and compassionate concern for

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