Razing A Relic

Pickens’ historic Bradley-Boggs House demolished Well, the Bradley-Boggs House is no more. One of the city of Pickens’ few remaining More »

Church vandals call for bomb suspect’s release

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Local woman wins national gold medal

PICKENS — Pickens County native Jessika Pace is a rising young female martial arts athlete who is certainly not wasting More »

All we need is love

I found a copy of the resolution passed by the House of Representatives last week and read it. It includes More »

Simply the best

Youth baseball players converge on Easley to decide world champion By Bru Nimmons Staff Reporter EASLEY — The Senior More »

Blue Ridge Fest raises record $238K for local charities

UPSTATE — Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative presented checks to four Pickens area charities from the 22nd annual Blue Ridge Fest. More »


Courier Obituaries 7-17-19


PENDLETON — Bobbie Lee Moody Hughes, 85, passed away on Tuesday, July 9, 2019.

She was born on Oct. 31, 1933, in Greenville to the late Rev. Daniel W and Callie Stephens Moody.

Mrs. Hughes was a devoted Christian, and even during her sickness, she shared her love for the Lord with everyone she met. She was a devoted mother and wife, as well as being a business woman in her earlier years, owning and operating her own upholstery business. She also loved the outdoors, and her interests included camping, spending time at the beach, picnics, bluebird watching and spending time with her family.

She is survived by her two daughters, Tammy Hughes Lognion (Dwayne) of Pendleton and Anita Hughes Bratcher (Tommy) of Belton; one granddaughter, Shelly Bratcher Barrow of Belton; two sisters, Betty Haire of Easley and Ellen Harris of Easley; and two brothers, Gearld Moody of Easley and Donald Moody of Williamston.

She was predeceased by her husband of 64 years, Alfred Eugene Hughes; two brothers, Daniel W. Moody Jr. and Calvin W. Moody; and one sister, Shirley McKee.

Memorial services were held on July 12 in the funeral home chapel. Burial was held at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Pickens.

Online condolences may be made to

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Hughes family.


EASLEY — Dorothy Vivian Holder Blalock, 82, of Oaklane Drive, wife of the late Jack “Frosty” Blalock, passed away on Friday, July 12, 2019.

Born in Pickens County, she was a daughter of the late Martin and Lucy Baines Holder.

Mrs. Blalock was retired from Judson Mill in Greenville after 52 years of dedicated service. She was a member of Enon Baptist

Soccer, volleyball signups now open

PICKENS — Fall soccer and volleyball registration is open now through July 26 at the Pickens Recreation Center on Sangamo Road.

The following coed age divisions are offered for soccer — 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12 and 13-15. For volleyball, age divisions are 7-9, 10-12, 13-14 and 15-17.

Birthdate cutoff for both sports is Sept. 1, 2019, and birth certificates are required at registration.

Following registration, a skills and evaluation day will be held for each age division. The registration fee of $45 for in-city residents and $55 for out-of-city residents provides a jersey to be kept.

Those interested in coaching or who need additional information are asked to call the recreation department at (864) 878-2296.


From the heart

YouTube channel gives flea market pickers online ‘shrine’

When you write a column called “Mountain Rhythms,” you can’t pass up a story like this: “Old-time Flea Market pickers live forever in the cloud.”

Old-time pickers happen to be one of my great interests in life — partly because I’ve become one of them myself. And the group that gathers every Wednesday morning to entertain bargain hunters at the Pickens Flea Market has become, like the Rolling Stones, an institution.

But it’s an institution that, sadly, is fading slowly away. At least that’s the way Chris DeJong felt

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TCTC students’ NCLEX scores surpass state, national rates

PENDLETON — Tri-County Technical College’s recent associate degree nursing graduates earned a 92.59 first-time pass rate on the National Council Licensing Exam (NCLEX).

Their performance on the exam surpassed both state and national pass rates.

According to the National Council State Board of Nursing, the state pass rate is 92.42 and the national average is 89.27.

Following May graduation, 54 first-time candidates took the computerized licensure exam, which tests a graduate’s basic nursing knowledge and decision-making ability on commonly encountered health-care situations. Graduates of Tri-County’s RN program

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Knights of Columbus host golf tourney for Special Olympics

UPSTATE — Each year the Knights of Columbus, Council 6884, hosts the Special Olympics Golf Tournament, which benefits Area 13 Special Olympics.

This year the tournament was held at Oconee Golf and Country Club on June 4. The Oconee Federal Charitable Foundation, for the third year, was the title sponsor of the tournament.

Last year, the tournament generated a $26,000 donation for Area 13 Special Olympics, and since 1994 the tournament has provided more than $246,000 for the cause.

Tournament chairman Rick Hamilton said the Knights try to make the event a fun day of golf for participants, with great food and prizes.

He thanked the Oconee Federal Charitable Foundation for its continued generous support and stressed this a communitywide effort supported by

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Courier Community Calendar 7-17-19

• Youth cheer camp set at Pickens High

The Pickens High School varsity and JV cheerleaders are sponsoring a youth cheer camp set for Saturday, Aug. 3, in the cheer room at PHS from 9 a.m. until noon. The cost is $30 per child, and ages 6-12 may register beginning at 8:30 a.m. Cash or checks made payable to PHS will be accepted. There will be a showcase at 11:30 a.m., and all parents, families and friends are invited to attend. Contact or for more information.

• Soapstone set to host fundraiser

Soapstone Church invites everyone to a special fundraiser at the church, located at 296 Liberia Road in Pickens, on Saturday, July

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Sweet treats with heat


By Olivia Fowler

For the Courier

 Almost everyone loves chocolate desserts, but this week we’re featuring chocolate with a twist.

You may not think chili peppers and chocolate make a good marriage, but amazingly enough, they do.

If you feel a little nervous about adding the chili powders, feel free to cut back just a little, but not too much. Sometimes we are surprised by how good new combinations taste, and this may be one of those times. Enjoy.


Courier Legal Notices 7-17-19


To: The Unknown Owner

The following Mobile Home has been abandoned at 304 Allgood Bridge Road, Pickens SC, 29671. There is a lien on this mobile home for rent in the amount of $434.90, plus any additional rent from the date of this notice. Contact Diane Boggs at 864-878-9887 to claim this mobile home.

After 30 days from the date of this notice, Diane Boggs will apply to sell the mobile home at The Pickens County

Courier Notice to Creditors 7-17-19

The publisher shall only be liable for an amount less than or equal to the charge for the space of the item in error in the case of errors in or omissions from any advertisement, and only for the first incorrect insertion.



All persons having claims against the following estates MUST file their claims on Form #371ES with the Probate Court of PICKENS COUNTY, the address of which is 222 MCDANIEL AVE., B-16 PICKENS, SC 29671, within eight (8) months after the date of the first publication of this Notice

Courier Trespass Notices 7-17-19

In the state of South Carolina, trespass after notice is a misdemeanor criminal offense prohibited by section 16-11-620 for the South Carolina Code.

Those who enter upon the lands of others without the permission of the owner or manager shall be deemed guilty of misdemeanor trespassing. All persons are hereby notified and warned not to hunt, fish, cut timber or trespass in any manner whatsoever upon the

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