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2 charged with murder in store clerk’s killing

By Jason Evans Staff Reporter jevans@thepccourier.com EASLEY — Two Greenville County men are charged with murder in the December shooting More »

County breaks ground on Madden Bridge Park

By Jason Evans Staff Reporter jevans@thepccourier.com CENTRAL — Pickens County officials broke ground on the county’s latest park Tuesday morning, More »

Police: Officer smuggled drugs, phones into jail

PICKENS — A Pickens County Detention Center officer has been fired and now faces criminal charges after authorities allege he More »

Local athletes sign with colleges

By Bru Nimmons Staff Reporter bnimmons@thepccourier.com COUNTY — National Signing Day was held on Wednesday, Feb. 6, and the day More »

Old pro joins the Courier family

Hello, Pickens County! I’m Ron Barnett, and I’m the newest contributor to the Courier, Pickens County’s only locally owned newspaper. More »

Give the gift of healing this year

The gift of massage treats recipients to relaxation and the healing power of therapy and can serve as an escape More »

 

Liberty Middle School hoops team goes from worst to first

LIBERTY — Coming off a long 0-13 season a year ago, the Liberty Middle School boys’ basketball team completed quite the worst-to-first bid this year.
Led by coach Charlie McKenzie, the boys wrapped up their regular season on Thursday, Jan. 24, with a 37-27 victory over Honea Path. It was a hard-fought contest throughout, but the Falcons finally seized control of the game in the third quarter.
After returning six players from last season’s squad, the win improved their overall record to 11-2 and pushed their conference record to a league-best 9-1 to secure the regular season AOP Conference Division III championship.
After the regular season-ending victory, the players were able to cut down the

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YAMs to host radio show on Saturday

PICKENS — The Young Appalachian Musicians (YAM) will host a radio show at the Hagood Community Center auditorium from 7-9 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 9.
Anderson-based Electric City Bluegrass — 104.7 FM — will produce the show.
Three well-known groups will be entertaining. Sweet Potato Pie Kids is the performing band for YAM. The band of 10 middle-schoolers will amaze attendees with their musical skill and on-stage presence. SPPKids play 40-50 gigs a year. Many of the kids are also instructors for the YAM program.
Danielle Yother started out at the age of 8 in the original YAM program at Holly Springs Elementary. She now plays guitar, mandolin, and bass and is a

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County council recognizes Tigers for championship

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter
jevans@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — “Today’s a fun day,” Pickens County Council Chairman Roy Costner said Monday night, just before council passed a resolution honoring “the Clemson University Fighting Tigers” for winning the 2018 college football national championship.
Costner read the resolution aloud following a unanimous vote.
Clemson University is a “great source of pride for the county and its citizens,” the resolution said.
Throughout the 2018 college football season, the Clemson Tigers were “an ever-present example of tenacity, competitiveness and commitment to excellence,” the resolution said.
These qualities reflect the best of “both the history and the spirit of Pickens County and her citizens,” the resolution said.
“To the delight of Clemson alumni and fans, as well as the citizens of Pickens County,  the Tigers

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Courier Obituaries 2-6-19

EVELYN ALLGOOD

PICKENS — Evelyn Heath Allgood, 90, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019.
Mrs. Allgood was born in Greenville County, daughter of the late Courtney and Zelpha Cheek Heath. She was formerly employed with Sangamo Electric, and she retired from the Singer Company in Pickens. Following her retirement, she enjoyed working at Joe’s Ice Cream Parlor in Easley. She was a member of Pickens First Baptist Church and the T.E.L. Sunday school class.
Survivors include her children, Elaine A. Cauthen (Rex) of

Old man winter not welcome

When I heard the temperature in Fargo, N.D., was more than 30 degrees below zero, my first reaction was thankfulness that I don’t live there. How do they stand a winter like that?
It doesn’t seem possible. What do people do when it’s so cold that stepping outside will freeze the tips of your ears and nose. How do you walk the dog? They said on the news that your eyes can freeze if you don’t wear goggles.
Maybe that reaction isn’t fair to Fargo. All personal knowledge of that city was acquired by watching the movie “Fargo” a couple of times. Needless to say, the movie didn’t make me want to visit. It looked like a miserable place to be.
If memory serves, and it may not, the coldest temperature we’ve experience was the winter it got down to 7 degrees. It wasn’t a normal

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Do we care about what God wants?

Is God always happy? Well, let me see, this is an unusual question but I would say probably not. Since he is not made of flesh, we assume that he does not have emotions like us. But, on the other hand, we read about his demonstrations of compassion and anger, so I guess this is still up for debate.
It is my opinion that some things please him and others cause him disappointment, and most of it is associated with the way people live.
So what do you think makes him happy? Well, again, we have the

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Courier Letters to the editor 2-6-19

Recognizing Liberty icon

Dear Editor,
On Feb. 11, Liberty will have missed Mr. John William Callaham walking through our town for the last seven years. Mr. John was a lifelong resident of Liberty and spent his 83 years serving and worshiping in his hometown.
I still find myself scanning the sidewalks in town for a glimpse of Mr. John and him throwing up his hand and waving back.
John served our town as mayor, and many can still remember the John Foster Ford Easley commercial’s slogan, “Cause Uncle John is a good ol’ boy” — that was Liberty’s very own John Callaham. John was a devoted Christian man; he was a lifelong member of Liberty Presbyterian Church and was the oldest member of the church at the

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Working together to save the oceans

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

LIBERTY —
The public has an opportunity Saturday to see a fun, educational musical with a timely message.
Student audiences have been enjoying “Something Very Fishy” at the Pickens County Performing Arts Center in Liberty for more than a week, but a public performance of the play will be held at 10 a.m. this Saturday.
More than 2,700 area public and homeschool students will see “Something Very Fishy” during its run, which began Jan. 30 at the center, Pickens County tourism director Jay Pitts said.
Kathy Prosser’s musical tells the story of Sandy Carson, a young science major conducting coral transplant research, and Stu Pidder, a fisherman who treats the ocean as his own personal garbage dump.
The audience sees first-hand the effects of littering, not only on the coral reefs but on the lives of Boss the great white shark and his aquatic friends.
“‘Something Very Fishy’ started as an early education program in Australia, which toured around Australia to many thousands of children,” Prosser said. “It was really

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Dacusville Elementary gets Lowe’s education grant

DACUSVILLE — The Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation has awarded a $2,100 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant to Dacusville Elementary School in Dacusville for construction of a nature trail and an 18-hole disc golf course.
Dacusville Elementary is one of 593 schools across the United States to be awarded a Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant during its fall 2016 grants cycle for improvement projects.
The physical education teachers at Dacusville Elementary School have created a mile-long nature trail. The trail winds through a southern pine forest before dropping into a hardwood valley lined by a small flowing stream. Students will be able to use the trail for in-school field trips. A disc golf course is also being installed along the trail for recreational use and for physical education classes.
“Dacusville Elementary is so proud of its disc golf course. said former Dacusville assistant principal Dr. Del Freitag. “It is a project that has energized the students with interest and staff alike with the fun and skills that it will entail. This grant means our students get to enjoy more ‘hands-on’ physical movement and skill training like eye-hand coordination, wrist technique, aiming skill, target projection, participant safety, taking turns, scoring, adjustment for wind, cooperation in team play and patience as students get better through practice.
“It falls right in line with our life skills and lifelong guidelines to help make us better learners and friends here.”
The course designers were the Dacusville Elementary P.E. teachers Carl Joye and Jason Moody and Upstate Disc Golf Club president Todd Lion. The course work was done by parents, teachers, students, administrators and local community members.
Disc golf is an inexpensive physical activity the entire family can enjoy. The course is open to the public during non-school times. No smoking, drinking alcohol or any other questionable activities are allowed on the course.

American Legion Post 11 recognizes Nimmons

Members of American Legion Post 11 in Pickens dropped by the Pickens County Courier office on Jan. 31 to present Courier publisher Rocky Nimmons with a certificate of appreciation in recognition and appreciation of outstanding service and assistance that contributed to the advancement of the American Legion programs and activities dedicated to God and country. Pictured, from left, are Post 11 finance officer Richard Reece, Nimmons and Post 11 adjutant Randall Wood.


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