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Police: Vehicle hits home after driver’s throat slit

Man charged with armed robbery, assault, kidnapping EASLEY — An Easley man is behind bars facing multiple charges after an incident in which police say he cut a man giving him a More »

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Pickens Middle School teacher hikes to raise money for cancer research

Photo courtesy Louise Hope Pickens Middle School teacher Louise Hope recently completed a 28-mile hike in one day to raise money for children’s cancer research after one of her students was diagnosed More »

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Saying goodbye

Pickens City Council said farewell Monday night to city administrator Katherine Hendricks, who is leaving the city after five and a half years for a position with the city of Mount Pleasant. More »

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Farm day in Six Mile

Farm day, sponsored by Medi Home Hospice of Seneca and Mile Creek Farm of Six Mile, began last year in Six Mile. With the positive feedback from residents and family members from More »

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Big League World Series brings baseball to Easley for 14th year

By Ben Robinson Staff Reporter   With first pitch set for this afternoon, the Big League World Series returns to Easley for the 14th year in a row to determine best More »

Father’s Day — A history

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On July 19, 1910, the governor of the U.S. state of Washington proclaimed the nation’s first “Father’s Day.” However, it was not until 1972, 58 years after President Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day official, that the day became a nationwide holiday in the United States.



The “Mother’s Day” we celebrate today has its origins in the peace-and-reconciliation campaigns of the post-Civil War era. During the 1860s, at the urging of activist Ann Reeves Jarvis, one divided West Virginia town celebrated “Mother’s Work Days” that brought together the mothers of Confederate and Union soldiers. In 1870, the activist Julia Ward Howe issued a “Mother’s Day Proclamation” calling

How to make Father’s Day more enjoyable for Dad

Dad gets to be king of his castle at least one day during the year. Come mid-June, children near and far scramble for ideas to treat their fathers to a special day and award him with gifts for being a role model, provider and confidante. Father’s Day activities should be centered around Dad’s interests. With that in mind, the following are some ideas to honor Dad or another special man in your life.

Father's Day is Sunday!

Father’s Day is Sunday!

• Sports Sunday: If Dad is a sports fan, his idea of spending a fun-filled afternoon very well may be cheering on his favorite players. Whether your father enjoys golf, tennis, baseball, soccer, or another sport like hunting or fishing, chances are there is a television broadcast on that you can watch together. Otherwise, you can surprise Dad by purchasing tickets to a sporting event and making a day of it at the ballpark.

Great gift ideas for Dad

Father’s Day is right around the corner and that means many children, spouses and other family members will be scrambling to locate the perfect gifts for the men in their lives.

Put away those coupons for neckties and remote control caddies. There’s a good chance Dad wants something a little less cliche and more in tune with his interests. If you think carefully about gift ideas, there’s bound to be something that will be a perfect fit.

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If Dad follows a particular team or sport, gifts inspired by his love of a favorite team are a surefire bet for success. Team jersies, game memorabilia, tickets to the next at-home game, or an expanded satellite dish or cable TV sports programming package

Census of agriculture documents local food growth

By Walker Miller,  For The Courier

Upstate — The USDA Census of Agriculture, just published in May, and done once every five years, gives a comprehensive view of farming in the U.S. The data guides USDA investment in its programs for farmers. Some of that investment is available to support local infrastructure.

South Carolina put most of the rest of the country to shame with direct sales growth of 116 percent, putting the state in third place in the Southeast behind Virginia and North Carolina. Organic farming nationally was up 82 percent. The Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) in Western N.C. reported that sales of vegetables were up 247 percent and fruits were up 24 percent. Local food is no

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