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Courier Obituaries 5-3-17

Marie Thomason

Easley — Donna Marie Cassell Thomason, 47, of 742 Pistol Club Road, passed away peacefully Monday, April 24, 2017, at The Rainey Hospice House in Anderson.

Born in Easley, she was the wife of Terry “Longbraid” Thomason and the daughter of Bobby James and Judy Holden Cassell. She worked at The Corner Drug Store in Pickens and enjoyed many other things, including woodcarving, crafts, traveling, riding motorcycles and sitting on

‘Dot, through her smile, her wit, her poetry, has brought color to our life. Everyone knows that Dot was a friend.’

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter


Remarkable lady.

A sweet soul who had a heart the size of a school bus.



Warrior for justice.

Those are a few of the phrases used to describe the late Dot Jackson at a memorial for her held Sunday afternoon at the Pickens Community Center.

But the word used over and over to describe Jackson, who passed away in December, was “storyteller.”

“Dot was a phenomenal storyteller,” emcee Ryan Ferrell said.

The memorial included music, readings from some of Jackson’s work, an excerpt from a play and many stories about the woman herself.

Ferrell began by listing some of the accomplishments throughout Dot’s storied life.

She was a journalist and columnist who worked for the Charlotte Observer and the Greenville News, among other newspapers and publications, including the Foxfire books.

“Dot was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize,” Ferrell said. “I did not know that.”

Her novel, “Refuge,” was named the Southern Appalachian Book of the Year, and Jackson was inducted into the South Carolina Academy of the Arts.

Jackson was also a community activist who “fiercely fought for local environment concerns,” Ferrell said.

“Dot, through her smile, her wit, her poetry, has brought color to our life,” Ferrell said. said. “Everyone knows that Dot was a

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Easley seniors ink with colleges

Three Easley High School athletes signed national letters of intent last week to continue their academic and athletic careers at the collegiate level. Green Wave football standout Braydon King committed to take his skills to Methodist University in Fayetteville, N.C., while Andrew Stanifer and Griffin Cassell both signed to play baseball at Milligan College in Elizabethton, Tenn.

Pickens’ Rahn signs with AU

PICKENS — Pickens High School senior Riley Rahn signed Friday to take her cheering skills to Anderson University in the fall.

Surrounded by her family, Pickens High School senior Riley Rahn signs last week to cheer at Anderson University.

A cheerleader throughout middle school and high school, Rahn said she loved the small-school environment and Christian atmosphere at Anderson, which awarded her with a $2,000 scholarship.

Although she has been taking dual enrollment classes at Pickens to prepare her for an easy transition to college, Rahn said she will miss cheering on the Blue Flame every Friday night.

She lists bus rides with her teammates to away games and preparing for pep rallies among her favorite memories at Pickens.


Christian musical ‘Fried Apple Pies’ set for LCA

LIBERTY — Pickens County Meals on Wheels will be presenting the play “Fried Apple Pies” at the new Liberty Civic Auditorium on three consecutive nights, May 5-7, starting at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $5 at the door, and 100 percent of the ticket sales will go to Pickens County Meals on Wheels.

This Christian musical production was created and originally performed in 2011 to a sellout crowd.

The last performance was for three shows in 2015 at the Easley Foothills Playhouse, and all

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Courier Community Calendar 5-3-17

• ‘Old’ Six Mile School reunion set

If you or anyone you know attended the “old” Six Mile Elementary School that was in operation from 1955 until the 1980s, a reunion celebration of students and faculty is being planned. The old school building is now abandoned and holds only memories, but a group now wants to reunite all the students and faculty who ever attended the school. This Saturday, May

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SC honors 2017 Folk Heritage Award winners Dan and Norma Hendricks

COLUMBIA — The South Carolina Arts Commission and McKissick Museum at the University of South Carolina recently announced that Dan and Norma Hendricks are recipients of the 2017 Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award for bluegrass and traditional music advocacy. The award was be presented during a ceremony at the Statehouse on Tuesday.

Traditional music is a way of life for the Hendrickses, connecting them to their roots, their

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Pickens Middle School teacher wins district’s inaugural first-year award

PICKENS — A Pickens Middle School teacher has been named the winner of the School District of Pickens County’s first outstanding first-year teacher of the year award.

Anna Bross, a sixth-grade English teacher at Pickens Middle, was given the honor.

“We wanted to send a strong message to

SDPC Superintendent Dr. Danny Merck and Anna Bross.

our first-year teachers that our district recognizes and rewards excellence,” SDPC coordinator of personnel services Danny Rogers said. “Teachers like Ms. Bross are our future.”


Candidates were nominated by an administrator or a mentor based on a number of criteria,

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Quick and easy kiwi fare

By Olivia Fowler
For the Courier

Kiwi fruit can be found in almost every grocery store, but they are still fairly new to American markets. Originally called Chinese Gooseberries, the egg-shaped fruits were renamed when exported to the U.S.

 They can be grown in the South Carolina lowcountry and have their own unique flavor.

Some think they taste like a combination of strawberries and bananas, but we’ll leave it up to you and your taste buds to decide.

The recipes featured this week are long on taste and short on preparation, so they should fit right into summer days.



Courier Legals 5-3-17





CASE NO. 1996ES00421

Jennifer Williams Petitioner, vs. Barry E. Murray, Jr., Samuel Holland, Francis Davis, John Holland, Robert Holland, Joseph Holland, Tammie Robinson, Jessie Robinson,

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