A Pickens County Milestone

Kerry Gilstrap/Courier Officials including Easley mayor Larry Bagwell and Pickens mayor David Owens cut the ribbon on the Doodle Trail on Saturday in Easley. The ribbon was made up of a blue More »

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Daniel mourns student’s death

Daniel High School student Matthew Robinson, 16, was killed in a single-car accident last week near Central. By Greg Oliver Courtesy The Journal CENTRAL — The Daniel High School community is More »

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Swinging the ax

Steve Lorch/Courier Danny Crawford owns Buildanax Custom Guitars in Central, where he spends up to 20 hours hand-assembling Stratocaster-style guitars for about one-third of the price of what most customs would cost. More »

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‘Better not miss’

Although lives have been lost on the treacherous yet awe-inspiring Half-Mile Falls of the Thompson River, Pickens County Courier contributor Dr. Tom Cloer and his friends and family have escaped major peril More »

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Teen arrested in shooting death of father

PICKENS — An Easley teen was charged with manslaughter in the late-night shooting death of his father in Pickens last week. Joshua William Wright, 17, whose address on an incident report was More »

Local ham radio club invites others to scheduled meetings

PICKENS — The Pickens County Communications Club are ham radio operators that are members of the Pickens County Emergency Management Agency.

The group does volunteer work and back up to the county’s communications network. The group also does the skywarn for the NWS as WX spotters.

The PCCC holds its meetings on the first Tuesday of each month starting at 7 p.m. at the emergency operations center. The EOC is located at 1509 Walhalla Highway on the S.C. 183 west of Pickens past the jockey lot.

Any one interested in emergency commutations in public service or ham radio (amateur radio) is invited to come to our meetings. The meetings are open to all visitors.

 For more information, call me at 878-7980 or email at


Local businessman reflects on Guardian ad Litem volunteering

COUNTY — Dial DuBose says the best thing that’s happened to him as a volunteer Guardian ad Litem is his relationship with the children he serves, especially the younger ones.

“My guys” he calls them, and it’s important that they can depend on him.

“I want that child to know if he has nothing else, he’s got me,” DuBose said.

DuBose, as a local businessperson, joined the Cass Elias McCarter Guardian ad Litem program in 2012.

“It was a short and sweet case, but it gave me confidence, and I had the realization that this was not going to be a

Courier Calendar of Events

• Gillespie reunion planned for Oct. 5

The 66th Gillespie reunion will be Sunday, Oct. 5, at 11:45 a.m. at the Balsam Grove Community Center in Balsam Grove, N.C. Each family is asked to bring a well-filled basket and drink of your choice. Plates, cups napkins and silverware will be provided, also ice will be provided.

• PHS Craft Fair needs vendors

 A craft fair will be held at Pickens High School on Nov. 1 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Cost for a 10×10 vendor booth will be

We all speak the language of food

6-25 Page 4A.inddMaybe you don’t consider yourself bilingual. And when you fill out an application for employment, perhaps you answer the question that now appears more often, “Are you fluent in a foreign language?” with a no.

But you must not underestimate your abilities.

If you are a human being living on planet Earth, you are much more accomplished than you may think. You are a master of a universal language that has more power to unite people and communicate than Spanish, Latin, French,

Handling my health

6-25 Page 4A.inddI have made up my mind. Many of you know that I’ve had problems with a wound on my right leg. The doctors had treated the wound and said it was cured. It only had to heal up on the surface. That was about a year ago.

Recently, my leg started hurting and breaking out in red spots. I went to the doctor, who gave me some antibiotics and said the wound should have completely healed by now. Somehow an infection had gotten into the wound, causing my pain now. So in addition to giving me antibiotics, he began working on finally getting the wound healed, to avoid other problems.

The first week he wrapped my leg in bandages completely, and said not to get the bandages wet. That meant no

Courier Letters to the Editor

No Strategy

Dear Editor,

Part of watching politicians talk and news coverage is making a sport out of picking which phrase will be hyped up into its own news event.

When the president responded, “I have no strategy…,” to a reporter’s question, I knew that would be the one. Those who oppose the president at every opportunity have used it to suggest that he’s lacking in leadership and planning the fight against this particular terrorist group. And the news media accommodated that aspect. I think that’s the

Public Invited to Town Hall Meeting

PICKENS — A Town Hall meeting will be held at the Hagood Community Center (also known as Pickens Senior Center) on Tuesday, October 14 at 5:30 p.m. The public is invited.

The meeting is planned to discuss with community members the renovations planned for the Center’s auditorium. Upcoming programming, which will be made possible by some of the renovations planned, will also be discussed.

Community input is welcomed on future activities. National Endowment for the Arts will help, through a $25,000 Our

Two access areas to close temporarily for repairs

UPSTATE — In order to perform planned maintenance work, Duke Energy will temporarily close one boat ramp at Stamp Creek Access Area and all three ramps at Warpath Access Area on Lake Keowee beginning the week of September 22.

Improvements to the Stamp Creek Access Area include replacing the north boat ramp. Guests may continue to launch boats from the south boat ramp which will remain open during construction. Depending on weather conditions, the

Used Books needed for upcoming sale

PICKENS — The Pickens County Literacy Association is seeking donations for their upcoming used book sale scheduled for November 24 and 25 at the Pickens Presbyterian Church. Items needed include like-new or gently used books of all types, video and audio cassettes, CDs and DVDs.

Drop off locations in Pickens are the Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative office, Grace United Methodist Church, Holy Cross Catholic Church, Poinsett (Palmetto) Cleaners, Pickens First Baptist Church, Pickens Savings and Loan and Pickens Federal Credit Union.

In Easley, donations can be brought to Custom Cleaners, Fred’s Pharmacy, Kelly’s Pharmacy, Medicine Mart and

Courier Obituaries 9-24-14

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Joyce P. Bass

Easley — Joyce Parrish Bass, 63, of Westchester Road, died Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 in Richmond, Va.

Born in Chesapeake, Va., a daughter of the late Wayland Owen and Doris Juanita Tennefoss Parrish, Mrs. Bass was a licensed practical nurse and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Surviving are her husband, Walter Bass of the home; two daughters, Patricia Joyce Condrey of Elizabeth City, N.C., and Amanda Huffman Bass of Easley; two brothers, James Parrish of N.C., and Tommy Parrish of W.Va.; a sister,

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