‘A Special Day”

Legion post honors vets By Jason Evans Staff Reporter EASLEY — Chilly weather Saturday morning didn’t keep a crowd More »

Man’s body found day after wreck

SENECA — A 79-year-old Six Mile man died in a one-car accident officials believe occurred Sunday afternoon. The body of More »

Business raises money for cancer center

SENECA — Lake Keowee Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and Lake Keowee Ford pledged to donate $100 for each new vehicle More »

100th anniversary

The 100th anniversary meeting of the James L. Orr Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) was recently More »

LHS improv troupe returns

Some of the members of Walking Shadows, Liberty High School’s improv troupe, pose for a photo. Walking Shadows’ first show More »

Tigers clinch division with win over ‘Noles

By Alex Maminakis Courtesy The Journal CLEMSON — Clemson’s slow start to the second half on Saturday allowed Florida More »


Special music evokes emotion

I love music. Although I have no talent for producing musical sounds, it seems to permeate my whole being when the right pieces are played.

Did you ever notice that there is music for every mood? There is special music for each of us that brings forth feelings and memories. Some music energizes us — other music might make us feel quiet, spiritual or even sad. Why is this?

Studies show that an unborn baby with six months of development has the potential for thought. He feels the rhythm of his heart beat. He feels rhythm and sound of his mother’s voice

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Letters to the Editor

Prayer in Pickens

Dear Editor,

If you only look at the “mainstream media,” everything is bad. It seems that we live in a “bad news” culture.

But I know and you know that there is good news out there. Just look at the Lifestyles section of last week’s Pickens County Courier, where there was a great article on prayer. Hmmm,

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Annual Rogers Scholarship golf tourney successful for 13th year

PICKENS — Eleven teams participated in the 13th annual Charles F. Rogers Scholarship Award Golf Tournament held at Southern Oaks Golf Club on April 29.

The event, which is held annually, raises money for scholarships that will be awarded to Pickens High School basketball team members who plan to further their education. A senior

First-place winners at the annual Charles F. Rogers Scholarship Award Golf Tournament were Matthew Childs, Tyler Burgess, Chad Roper and Justin Gravely.

from the varsity girls team and a senior from the varsity boys team will receive the scholarship awards later this month.

This will be the 14th year the scholarship has been presented in honor of the late Charles Rogers, a man who gave so much to Pickens High School as a player and coach for so many years.

“This tournament honors the memory of Charles Rogers, and his legacy lives on through this award,” PHS girls’ basketball coach Butch Morris said. “It’s the least we can do for a man that gave his time and talents to Pickens High School, as well as our community.”

The first-place team was made up of Chad Roper, Tyler Burgess, Justin Gravely and Matthew

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Clemson Elementary PTA gives $1K to Feed A Hungry Child PC

CLEMSON — The Clemson Elementary School PTA has donated $1,000 to Feed A Hungry Child PC, Inc.

Clemson Elementary PTA supports the students, faculty and staff of Clemson Elementary School. Fundraising is one of the major jobs of the PTA. Money is raised through PTA memberships, the Direct Donation Drive and PTA-hosted events. Bonus Bucks, Art by Me, ink cartridge recycling and other efforts contribute to the funds they raise. Money raised is used for activities and clubs, gift cards and grants for teachers and for school enrichment programs. The PTA president is Jessica Dvergsten, and the school principal is Michelle Craddock.

Feed A Hungry Child PC, Inc. provides sound, nutritional meals for Pickens County K4-12 grade students each weekend, throughout the school year, who would otherwise go hungry.

The organization has declared the third Sunday in May Feed A Hungry Child Giving Sunday.

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Courier Obituaries 5-3-17

Marie Thomason

Easley — Donna Marie Cassell Thomason, 47, of 742 Pistol Club Road, passed away peacefully Monday, April 24, 2017, at The Rainey Hospice House in Anderson.

Born in Easley, she was the wife of Terry “Longbraid” Thomason and the daughter of Bobby James and Judy Holden Cassell. She worked at The Corner Drug Store in Pickens and enjoyed many other things, including woodcarving, crafts, traveling, riding motorcycles and sitting on

‘Dot, through her smile, her wit, her poetry, has brought color to our life. Everyone knows that Dot was a friend.’

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter


Remarkable lady.

A sweet soul who had a heart the size of a school bus.



Warrior for justice.

Those are a few of the phrases used to describe the late Dot Jackson at a memorial for her held Sunday afternoon at the Pickens Community Center.

But the word used over and over to describe Jackson, who passed away in December, was “storyteller.”

“Dot was a phenomenal storyteller,” emcee Ryan Ferrell said.

The memorial included music, readings from some of Jackson’s work, an excerpt from a play and many stories about the woman herself.

Ferrell began by listing some of the accomplishments throughout Dot’s storied life.

She was a journalist and columnist who worked for the Charlotte Observer and the Greenville News, among other newspapers and publications, including the Foxfire books.

“Dot was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize,” Ferrell said. “I did not know that.”

Her novel, “Refuge,” was named the Southern Appalachian Book of the Year, and Jackson was inducted into the South Carolina Academy of the Arts.

Jackson was also a community activist who “fiercely fought for local environment concerns,” Ferrell said.

“Dot, through her smile, her wit, her poetry, has brought color to our life,” Ferrell said. said. “Everyone knows that Dot was a

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Easley seniors ink with colleges

Three Easley High School athletes signed national letters of intent last week to continue their academic and athletic careers at the collegiate level. Green Wave football standout Braydon King committed to take his skills to Methodist University in Fayetteville, N.C., while Andrew Stanifer and Griffin Cassell both signed to play baseball at Milligan College in Elizabethton, Tenn.

Pickens’ Rahn signs with AU

PICKENS — Pickens High School senior Riley Rahn signed Friday to take her cheering skills to Anderson University in the fall.

Surrounded by her family, Pickens High School senior Riley Rahn signs last week to cheer at Anderson University.

A cheerleader throughout middle school and high school, Rahn said she loved the small-school environment and Christian atmosphere at Anderson, which awarded her with a $2,000 scholarship.

Although she has been taking dual enrollment classes at Pickens to prepare her for an easy transition to college, Rahn said she will miss cheering on the Blue Flame every Friday night.

She lists bus rides with her teammates to away games and preparing for pep rallies among her favorite memories at Pickens.


Christian musical ‘Fried Apple Pies’ set for LCA

LIBERTY — Pickens County Meals on Wheels will be presenting the play “Fried Apple Pies” at the new Liberty Civic Auditorium on three consecutive nights, May 5-7, starting at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $5 at the door, and 100 percent of the ticket sales will go to Pickens County Meals on Wheels.

This Christian musical production was created and originally performed in 2011 to a sellout crowd.

The last performance was for three shows in 2015 at the Easley Foothills Playhouse, and all

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Courier Community Calendar 5-3-17

• ‘Old’ Six Mile School reunion set

If you or anyone you know attended the “old” Six Mile Elementary School that was in operation from 1955 until the 1980s, a reunion celebration of students and faculty is being planned. The old school building is now abandoned and holds only memories, but a group now wants to reunite all the students and faculty who ever attended the school. This Saturday, May

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