PCSO: No charges in Doodle Trail incident

Rumors of lewd activity unfounded, chief deputy says EASLEY — The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office said last week that social More »

Quake Shakes Lake

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SC New and Beginning Farmer program accepting applications

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PCYMCA Piranhas win Pickens home swim meet

PICKENS — The Pickens County YMCA Piranhas Swim Team churned up the waters recently by winning a home swim meet More »

Could Pinocchio be lying?

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Clemson professor writes history of little-known Pickens County community

By Wanda Johnson Clemson University CLEMSON — A group of Clemson University students and faculty tiptoed through a weed-filled plot More »


United Way names charter members of Heritage Society

EASLEY — United Way of Pickens County recently held a reception at the home of Dr. Jonathan Strange to recognize the Charter Members of its new Heritage Society.

The following individuals were recognized as charter members of the Heritage Society: Mr. and Mrs. Connie Bowers of Pickens, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Caldwell of Easley, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Capaldi of Pickens, Mrs. Debbie Carmical of Liberty, Mr. and Mrs. Mark Chapman of Easley, Mr. and Mrs. Drake Curry of Dacusville, Mr. and Mrs. Mark Eisengrein of Powdersville, Dr. and Mrs. Wing Fung of Easley, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Garrison of Easley, Mr. and Mrs. Jim

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Local piano students honored at festival

EASLEY — The 34th annual South Carolina Northwestern District III of the National Federation of Music Clubs held its Junior Festival on March 3 at Rock Springs Baptist Church in Easley.

Eleven local piano teachers entered students to be judged by music professionals. The Junior Festival program is designed to promote study and stimulate interest in American and world music literature, and to encourage participants to reach a high standard of musical achievement. Students perform and receive evaluation in a non-competitive setting.

The following students were selected to represent the Easley area in the South Carolina State

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Birchwood Gallery grand opening set at Holly Springs

PICKENS — The Birchwood Artisan Gallery at the Holly Springs Center on U.S. Highway 178 north of Pickens will host a gallery grand opening on Friday, April 13, and Saturday, April 14.

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Walk planned to benefit Clemson

CLEMSON — A walk is scheduled to raise money for a scholarship to help Clemson University student veterans.

The fourth annual Clemson Walk for Veterans is set for 10-11 a.m. on April 14, before the Clemson football team’s annual Orange and White spring game.

The walk is planned to honor and celebrate those who have served the U.S. in the armed forces, and all proceeds will go to the Clemson Veterans Scholarship Endowment.

The one-mile walk will begin at the President’s House at the intersection of Parkway Drive and

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Courier Obituaries 4-4-18

Jack Townsend

EASLEY — Mr. Jack Townsend Jr., 90, passed away on Wednesday, March 28, 2018, with family at his bedside, after a long illness.

Jack was a devout Christian who taught Sunday school for many years, as well as served as a deacon. He was a charter member of Calvary Hill Baptist Church. A member of Easley Rotary Club, Jack was a two-time Paul Harris award recipient. His passions were Jesus and telling others about Him, his family, flying and selling cars.

He was predeceased by a daughter, Jackie Day; his parents, Luna Moon and Jack Townsend Sr., two sisters and a brother.

Left to grieve his passing are his wife of 70 years, Florence; son, Stan Townsend (Dianne);

Annual Clemson Experimental Forest celebration Saturday

CLEMSON — The Clemson Experimental Forest will hold its annual Forest Fest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, April 7, in the Lake Issaqueena area.

Above: Saturday’s third annual Clemson Experimental Forest Forest Fest will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Lake Issaqueena area.
Courtesy Clemson University

There will be activities for adults and children, including guided hikes, nature walks, scavenger hunts, air rifle demonstrations, waterfall views, canoeing and kayaking, forestry activities and outdoor games.

This is the third year for the event. South Carolina Botanical Garden education and resource coordinator James Wilkins and Experimental Forest manager Russell Hardee coordinated the event and said it is for anyone who wants to spend a day connecting with nature.

“This is a wonderful event for people to spend a day in our Experimental Forest,” Wilkins said.

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2018 Clemson Horticulture Student Plant Sale set for Friday

CLEMSON — Gardeners, homeowners and others preparing to plant flowers this spring have an opportunity to buy local plants grown in high-tech greenhouses and cultivated by Clemson University horticulture students and professors.

The annual Clemson Horticulture Student Plant Sale is set for this Friday, April 6. Clemson associate professor of horticulture Jim Faust said this year’s sale features a vast array of annuals, plants for hanging baskets, vegetable and herb transplants and more.

“This year’s sale will feature ever-blooming sunflowers,” Faust said. “Sunfinity Sunflowers are a recent breeding breakthrough that people won’t

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Fort Prince George DAR Chapter wins two state awards

EASLEY — Anne Kilpatrick and Mildred Brewer, members of the Fort Prince George Chapter National Society of the American Revolution, received special recognition at the 125th anniversary DAR State Conference, recently held in Columbia.

Kilpatrick, Regent of the Fort Prince George Chapter NSDAR, was honored with the DAR South Carolina Chapter Regent of the Year award.

According to the instruction sheet, “A good Chapter Regent inspires and leads chapter members to accomplish good work. The work reported is not just accomplishments of the Regent. It is also the accomplishment of the chapter members.”

There are nine other criteria for the selection. Nominations for the award can be made by any of the 69 South Carolina chapters. A panel of judges select and vote by a blind ballot, not knowing who

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Courier Community Calendar 4-4-18

• EHS Class of 1978 planning reunion

The Easley High School Class of 1978 will have its 40-year class reunion April 21 at Looper’s Barn, located at 101 Laurenwood Drive in Pickens.

After registration from 5-7 p.m., the festivities will kick off with a BBQ dinner at 7 p.m. There will a live DJ to entertain, as well as a special memorial to the classmates who have passed away.

The event is BYOB, and fishing will also be available at the pond on-site. Overnight camping is available, but checkout time is 9 a.m.

Cost is $40 per person if paid by mail and $45 per person paid via debit or credit card. The payment deadline is April 7.

To pay by mail, make checks out to EHS Class of ‘78 and send to P.O. Box 3033, Easley, SC 29641.

• CMHA scholarship now being offered

For the 22nd year, the Cannon Memorial Hospital Auxiliary is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a graduating high school senior and/or a member of the community entering or furthering their career in a medical field.

Recipients will have their scholarship money paid directly to the school of their choice.

To be eligible to apply for the Harden Scholarship, applicants must be a student at Pickens High

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Chicken salad can be a springtime delight

By Olivia Fowler

For the Courier

One the ways I decide whether or not a new restaurant is any good is to sample their chicken salad. If the chicken salad is no good, chances are nothing else on the menu is either.

      I don’t like chicken salad that’s cut up into huge chunks, unsalted or drowning in mayonnaise. It needs to have enough dressing in it to

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