Daily Archives: 02/05/2019

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

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.

Courier Community Calendar 2-6-19

• Next NPS meeting set at Tri-County

The Native Plant Society meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19,will feature Melanie Rhulman speaking on “best practices” for both agriculture and the streams and rivers of the Upstate.The event will be held in Anderson Hall at Tri-County Technical College, 7900 Highway 76 in Pendleton. The lecture is free and open to the public. Learn more at

• Pickens Lions Club invites locals to meet

The Pickens Lions Club has been serving the greater Pickens community since 1933. While its membership numbers have flexed over the years, one constant has remained — the club’s desire to help

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Make your own fruit and veggie chips

By Olivia Fowler
For the Courier

If you want to avoid food preservatives and find a healthy substitute for potato chips, you may want to sample some of these chip recipes.
These four offer some sweet and some savory selections. They’re not hard to make, and the bonus is, in addition to being tasty, they can be eaten with a clear conscience because they’re good for you.
They make an excellent addition to bag lunches. Enjoy.


Courier Legal Notices 2-6-19

CASE NUMBER: 2018GC3900059

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that a hearing on this matter be set for:
DATE: March 5th, 2019:
TIME: 10:00 AM;
PLACE: Probate Court, 222 McDaniel Ave., B-16, Pickens, SC

Pursuant to SCPC 62-1-401, Petitioner is ordered to give notice of

Courier Notice to Creditors 2-6-19

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 to Creditors or within one (1) year from date of death, whichever is earlier (SCPC 62-3-801, et seq.), or such persons shall be forever barred as to their claims.  All claims are required to be presented in written statements on the prescribed form (FORM #371ES) indicating the name and address of the claimant, the basis of the claim, the amount claimed, the date when the claim will become due, the nature of any uncertainty as to the