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Man charged with homicide in deadly November wreck

EASLEY — A Greenville man was charged last week with reckless homicide nearly five months after a passenger in his truck died in a wreck near Easley. Nathaniel Cleveland Blackwell, 20, of More »


‘My Hometown hero’

Pickens resident Marlene Aiken credits her 13-year-old beagle Smidget with saving her life during a recent low blood sugar incident. Although the dog has been diagnosed with kidney failure, Aiken said his More »

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The importance of Easter

Easter, which celebrates Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead, is Christianity’s most important holiday. It has been called a moveable feast because it doesn’t fall on a set date every year, as More »

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Ugly cookies taste the best

The Ugly Cookie Dessert Shoppe owner Julie Cohn started her business by shipping truffles over the Internet, but she is hoping her new store in Liberty will become a spot for folks More »

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Two charged with neglect of kids, adult

Police: Couple’s home had ‘inhumane’ conditions PICKENS — A Pickens couple faces multiple charges after police and DSS workers allegedly found two small children and a bedridden adult living in “inhumane” conditions. More »

1 dead in Easley wreck

EASLEY — A Liberty man was killed in a single-vehicle wreck in Easley last Wednesday.

According to Pickens County coroner Kandy Kelley, William Herman Anderson, 61, of 209 E. Main St., died from blunt force trauma to the torso and thigh.

S.C. Highway Patrol officials said Anderson’s 2015 Mitsubishi was headed south on S.C. Highway 93 about two miles south of Easley when it went off the right side of the road and overturned shortly after 9:30 p.m.

Anderson, who was wearing a seatbelt, had to be cut from the vehicle. He was transported to Greenville Memorial Hospital, where he died around 3 a.m., Kelley said.

S.C. Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.


Clemson ribbon cutting

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Patrick Square hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony in conjunction with the Clemson Chamber of Commerce on Dec. 5 to commemorate the grand opening of several local businesses in the Patrick Square Town Center. The newly constructed building, located at 133 Thomas Green Boulevard, is home to: Greer State Bank Mortgage and Business Lending, Financial Dynamics, Aaron & Aaron Attorneys at Law, Jacob Dean Photography, Southern Traditions Window Fashions, and Collins Building Group. Rick Erwin’s Clemson, a fine dining restaurant, occupies the ground floor of the same building and has been open since October. Pictured, from left, are David Lane of the Clemson Chamber of Commerce, Patrick Square’s Chris Hodge, Jacob Dean, Michael Ivey of Rick Erwin’s Dining Group and Art Wray of Greer State Bank Mortgage.


Clemson president announces diversity initiatives at meeting

CLEMSON — One year after becoming Clemson University’s 15th president, James P. Clements reflected on 2014 as faculty and staff gathered to close the fall semester.

“We have enjoyed many significant achievements in 2014 — as we reached our goal of being one of the nation’s top 20 public universities, set new records in fundraising, enrolled another great freshman class and welcomed hundreds of new faculty and staff to the Clemson Family,” he said.

Clements announced that the school’s The Will to Lead capital campaign has just surpassed the

Winter art classes planned at Pickens County Museum

PICKENS — The Pickens County Museum of Art announced this week that registration is now open for the winter studio art sessions for youngsters and adults.

Renee Gillespie will be the instructor for the two classes.

The winter is a great time to work in the studio exploring all the possibilities at your fingertips when it comes to sketching, painting and creating one.

Classes begin January 13.

Youth Art Class (Ages 12-16) with Renee Gillespie — Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Jan.

Courier Letters to the Editor 12-24-14

No to Pickens County tax increase

Dear Editor,

In 2005, the residents of Pickens County voted down a $197 million building plan. The next year the school board did an end run around the voters and voted for a $387 million plan and a 39-mill property tax increase. School taxes have risen three times since then.

The school administration aims to increase property taxes 13.3 mills to continue excessive spending.

This tax was being pushed through on the fast track during the holidays when no one is watching.

The school buildings are in excellent condition, and the county taxpayer is already in debt for

Something to feel good about

Although some countries think Americans are only concerned with profit and material possessions, that isn’t true. Not according to data from recent reports by Chronicle of 6-25 Page 4A.inddPhilanthropy, which ranks giving by state and The World Giving Index (WGI), which ranks 103 countries worldwide based on charitable contributions of money, time and willingness to help other.

America tied for first place with the Southeast Asian country of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. Canada, Ireland and New Zealand were ranked second, third and fourth, respectively.

Surprisingly, at least to me, is that the Chronicle of Philanthropy report found the wealthiest

Courier Obituaries 12-24-14

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Liberty — Donald William George Nix, 78, of 135 Whitmire Hill Road, died Thursday at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Born in Easley, he was the husband of Gladye Mae Whitmire Nix and a son of the late Andrew Claude and Ola Sanders Nix. He retired from Alice Mfg. after 40 years of service and was a member of Roanoke Baptist Church. He was

The next great year of our lives

As you are reading this, it is probably at least Christmas Eve. For me, that means delivering gifts for Country Santa.

6-25 Page 4A.inddI’ve done it for years, sometimes with my brother or a niece or nephew, but last year I was by myself. My brother has now moved to Columbia, and my nephew and my nieces had other commitments. So rather than deliver alone, I just didn’t deliver.

“They have plenty of deliverers,” I reasoned to myself. “They’ll be just fine.”

Of course they were just fine. I, on the other hand, wasn’t. I first got involved with Country Santa for a story I was writing for another paper. It took me a while to realize it, but delivering gifts was not just to help strangers. It was to help myself. I enjoyed

The evolution and many faces of Christmas


Many people prepare for the arrival of Christmas months in advance. The first traces of wrapping paper and decorations arrive in stores as early as September, transforming the holiday into a much more secular celebration than its modest Christian beginnings.

Despite Christmas being an important date in the lives of today’s Christians, the holiday failed to gain prominent status until relatively recently. Research indicates that as late as the 19th century, Christmas was not even a legal holiday requiring a day off from work. That’s why 19th century readers of the classic Christmas tale, “A Christmas Carol,” were not shocked at Bob

Tidbits to put you in the holiday spirit

The holiday season has arrived, and millions of people across the globe will be celebrating Christmas with their families and friends. The following are some interesting tidbits to share with your loved ones this holiday season.

• Each year, more than three billion Christmas cards are sent in the United States alone.

• In 350 AD, Pope Julius I, bishop of Rome, proclaimed December 25 the official celebration date for the birth of Jesus Christ. Many historians and theologians have surmised that Christ

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