Daily Archives: 01/02/2019

Tigers dismantle Notre Dame in Cotton Bowl


Victory sets up another clash with

Alabama for national championship

By Eric Sprott

Courtesy The Journal

ARLINGTON, Texas — As has been the case so many times this season, Clemson wholly outclassed its competition Saturday afternoon in the Cotton Bowl.

And with their latest conquest — the most impressive victory of their undefeated season thus far — the Tigers will find themselves playing in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game for the third time in four seasons.

Keyed by highlight-reel plays from true freshmen Trevor Lawrence and Justyn Ross, along with a smothering defensive effort, the second-ranked Tigers steamrolled past No. 3 Notre Dame by a final score of 30-3 at AT&T

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Legislators plan annual meeting

LIBERTY — The Pickens County Legislative Delegation will hold its annual meeting Monday in Liberty.

The delegation will meet at the Pickens County Performing Arts Center, formerly known as the Liberty Civic Auditorium, located at 314 W. Main St. in Liberty.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend the meeting. Residents will have an opportunity to ask questions of and make comments to members

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Meals on Wheels director stepping down this month

Organization plans first ‘TNT’ fundraiser Jan. 12

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

LIBERTY — Although Pickens County Meals on Wheels executive director Met Bowers announced the day after Christmas that she will resign later this month, she will go out with a bang at the organization’s “TNT” fundraiser on Jan. 12.

Bowers’ last day as executive director will be Jan. 18, according to a news release from Pickens County Meals on Wheels. Soon after, she will begin a new job as executive director of the Meyer Center in Greenville.

“I believe with all my heart that when it comes to serving seniors — those young at heart, the sick and the frail — there is no better place to turn than Pickens County Meals on Wheels. I will forever be a supporter, donor and No. 1 fan of this wonderful organization,” Bowers said in the release. “I pray that the community will continue to support PCMOW and the incredible impact it has on our seniors and our community each and every day.”

Bowers began her tenure with Pickens County Meals on Wheels on a part-time, temporary basis in 2008 before being named executive director in

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Hipps Foundation donates $25K to the Dream Center

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

EASLEY — The Tucker W. Hipps Foundation has donated $25,000 to the Dream Center of Pickens County.

The Dream Center received the funds last week, according to Chris Wilson, the center’s executive director.

The funds will be used to renovate a transitional house in the center’s Opportunity Village, she said.

The village is a homeless shelter program developed and operated by the center.

Following a “tiny house” model, the village provides 23 units and 10 transitional houses to shelter homeless individuals and families.

“We’ll have a house that, when we get it renovated, it will be named after

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‘Eight Flew Out, Seven Returned’

I wanted to share this heartwarming story as part of my holiday gift to readers, titled “Eight Flew Out, Seven Returned.”

Twas the day after Christmas and all through the wood

The deer were out prancing and looking for food.

A doe crossed the road at just the wrong time

And a car hit her hard on the road’s center line.

We looked out the window and just as we feared.

The road was obstructed with carcass of deer.

The traffic kept coming with screeching of brakes

They tried not to crash, for their lives

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Simplicity, fairness, competitiveness

South Carolina is a business-friendly state, a fact long evident by its aggressive pursuit of new industrial investment and jobs. Tax incentives play a big part in the state’s commitment to economic development, the success of which speaks for itself.

But those tax breaks can create an uneven playing field for existing businesses, and should encourage legislative tax reform. That’s one of the surprising conclusions of a tax study released last month by the state Chamber of Commerce, aimed largely at improving the state’s business climate.

The Chamber commissioned the Tax Foundation, a Washington-D.C.-based think tank, to develop options that are generally

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O come let us adore him

Christ is called Emanuel, which means, “God is with us” and we are so grateful that he came to save us. Yes, we enjoy the nativity and he was once a baby, but he’s not a baby today. He was born, lived and was willing to be crucified because he loved us more than anything in the world. Whatever you are going through today, be encouraged to know that God wants to be with you and is more than able to take care of you. He is El Shaddai, God Almighty, The All Sufficient One! Here are seven attributes of our creator that remind us why we celebrate the incarnation and sing, “O come let us adore him.”

1. God knows: God is omniscient and is fully aware when we are going

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Courier Obituaries 1-2-19


LIBERTY — Carlos Javier “Javy” Taylor, 24, of 110 Piney Trail, died on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, in Kern County, Calif., from injuries sustained in an auto accident.

Born in Easley, he was a son of Joseph Emory and Leticia Rivera Taylor of the home. Javy loved baseball. He played little league ball through the Liberty Rec growing up and later played at Liberty High School, where he graduated in 2012. He went on to play with the California City Whiptails. Javy also loved music, as well as spending time with his family and friends. He was a member of Calumet Baptist Church.

Surviving, in addition to his parents, are a brother, Joseph Taylor and his

The Jocassee Gorges of today

Bountiful fishing and stellar natural resource management

By Dr. Thomas Cloer, Jr.

Special to The Courier

Part one of this article attempted to describe Duke Energy’s Keowee-Toxaway Project that dammed the rivers of the Jocassee Gorges, and   resulted in lakes Keowee and Jocassee. That massive project was just underway for the 100th birthday of Pickens County in 1968. Part 2 will view things after the project was completed.


I remember vividly what happened on tributaries of Lake Jocassee soon after the lake filled and trout were stocked. Each of the rivers already had big trout. However, the hydroelectric process began to entrain fish, and the cannibalistic nature of huge trout soon began a phenomenon that produced really huge fish. When water from Lake Keowee was pumped backward and upstream into Jocassee, many fish would be entrained and belched out in Jocassee around the water intakes. Monstrous trout would cruise around the intakes waiting for fish morsels.

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Fort Prince George DAR chapter tours Hagood-Mauldin House

PICKENS — The members of the Fort Prince George Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution met recently at the Hagood-Mauldin House in Pickens to tour the home and to learn about the founder of the chapter, Frances Hagood Mauldin.

 The Hagood-Mauldin House was moved from Old Pickens in 1868 when the Pickens District was divided into Pickens and Oconee counties.

Frances Hagood, known throughout her life as “Miss Queen,” was born in the home in 1870. In 1920, she was the one of the founding members of the new Fort Prince George

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