Daily Archives: 06/04/2019

Never shoot a skunk in a barrel

One blustery and cold November day, I headed to the barn to milk the cow. I had to stop first at the corn crib to get the sweet feed. Sweet feed was used to get the cow occupied with eating so she would hold steady while being milked.

Just as I opened the corn crib door, I heard something in the sweet feed barrel. Ever so carefully, I peered over the top of the barrel and saw a striped kitty or pole cat — some call it a skunk — in the bottom of the barrel helping himself to sweet feed. Well, the furry intruder didn’t know who he was messing with.

I promptly headed to the house and came running back with my old .22 rifle. In those days, you shot varmints with no questions asked. Well, I did just that, and he did it right back.

Actually, he may have shot first, because I was covered with his skunk perfume. I didn’t realize to what extent until I went back into the house.

Mamma was in the kitchen preparing supper, and there was no need to announce my presence. She promptly ordered me to get back outside and strip to my undies. As I recall, she brought me a jar of canned tomatoes and instructed me to clean my entire skinny little body with tomato juice.

It was quite cold there on the back porch mostly naked covered with tomato juice. A valuable lesson in life was learned that evening — never shoot a skunk in a barrel.

Paul O’Shield is a local native who enjoys writing about his time as a youngster growing up in Pickens County.


Courier Letters to the Editor 6-5-19

Suggesting a Hagood Mill solution

Dear Editor,

I am very upset, like a lot of people, that the director of Hagood Mill was fired! He obviously needs to be rehired.

I trust Betty McDaniel’s judgment, and when she resigned, I knew this shouldn’t have happened. I trust Danielle Yother and Dean Watson’s judgment as well.

That being said, I have an obvious single solution to this financial problem. They should charge a fee of admission of $5-$10 to the mill on their Saturday events, with children 12 and under being free. This way the people benefitting from the events will be paying for it.

As Olivia Fowler said, a nonprofit group is not expected to be profitable. If all else fails, add a 1 cent sales tax in Pickens County to pay for it. Also, groups like Blue Ridge Electric that raise money for charity can pay for the mill as well.

Diane Finley


Ungrateful  school board?

Dear Editor,

As a retired first grade teacher with a master’s degree in early childhood education and 29 years under my belt teaching, as well as

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Courier Obituaries 6-5-19


EASLEY— Betty Jean Chrismer, 82, passed away peacefully on Thursday May 30, 2019.

She was born on Oct. 15, 1936, to the late Roy and Mary Reeves.

Mrs. Chrismer attended Holy Cross Catholic Church in Pickens and was a member at Zion Methodist Church in Easley. She truly loved entertaining friends and family, as she had a very generous heart. She also enjoyed making people laugh and to laugh herself. Those who knew her best also knew that she never met a stranger.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Chrismer; two sons, Robert Chrismer II (Jiamin) and David Chrismer (Michele); one daughter, Elizabeth Hitchcock (Ken); and two grandchildren, Johnny and Patrick.

A graveside service was held on June 3 in Hillcrest Memorial Park with Father Jim Dubrouillet officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of the Upstate at 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC, 29621, and Holy Cross Catholic Outreach at 558 Hampton Ave., Pickens, SC, 29671.

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EASLEY — Michael Paul Bohm, 59, passed away on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at his home.

Born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, he was the son of the late Frederick Walter and Anna Marie Kasner Bohm. Michael received an associate degree from Pinellas Technical College in Clearwater, Fla., and was an electronics technician with Abbott Laboratories in Liberty.

He enjoyed spending time with his friends and family, especially his nieces and nephews, and playing different instruments.

He is survived by two sisters, Michelle Papke of Fletcher, N.C., and Mindy Maiden (Chris) of Ladson; two nieces, Kristina and Caitlyn

‘Who lynched Willie Earle?’

By Dr. Thomas Cloer, Jr.

Special to The Courier

For four weeks we have reviewed some highlights from They Stole Him Out of Jail: Willie Earle, South Carolina’s Last Lynching Victim, the most comprehensive book ever written about the subject. The book was written by Pickens County native and University of Denver professor emeritus William B. Gravely. The book was recently published by the University of South Carolina Press. The book is available for sale at book stores and online at, Amazon or other outlets.

The book has so much interesting information about how the religious and civic communities reacted in this segregated era of South Carolina’s history when a young African-American was taken from the old Pickens jail and brutally beaten, stabbed repeatedly and shot in the face with a shotgun. The murder was carried out by a mob of 31 men who were arrested, arraigned, tried and acquitted in 1947.

Reaction from Pickens County

Gravely writes in great detail how different individuals and groups from the religious communities in the town and county of Pickens reacted. For example, the editor of the weekly Pickens Sentinel, Gary Hiott Sr., a Baptist layman and son of a minister, immediately after the lynching wrote a front-page editorial condemning the lynching and blatantly interfering with Earle’s right to a fair trial. He wrote about the shame the community would share because of this evil. How brave was Hiott to talk of how lynching violated the feelings of Christian people who had a responsibility to provide the protection any human should expect? In the next week’s edition of the Pickens paper, Hiott’s minister at First Baptist Church of Pickens, E.R. Eller, praised Hiott’s editorial, You must be logged in to view this content.

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Back To Work 50+ workshop set for Thursday

UPSTATE — Job seekers who are 50 and older are updating their skills and may be eligible to receive free job training through the AARP Back to Work 50+ grant at Tri-County Technical College.

The next seven Smart Strategies for Job Search Workshop will be held this Thursday, June 6, from 2-4 p.m. at the Tri-County Technical College Pendleton campus.

For more information or to register for the workshop, call the AARP Foundation at 1-855-850-2525.

The Back To Work 50+ program is designed to help unemployed men and women over the age of 50 update their job-search skills and in some cases, get short-term job training. At Tri-County Technical College, eligible participants may receive tuition assistance to enroll in training programs that would prepare them to work in administrative offices/medical offices, logistics, computer service

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‘Ride for Valor’ planned to honor local veterans

DACUSVILLE — On June 22, the Quilts of Valor chapter of Oconee and Pickens Counties will host an event to honor veterans from both counties.

On that day, three veterans from Pickens and three veterans from Oconee will be honored through Quilts of Valor to acknowledge and show respect for their sacrifice.

A “Ride for Valor” will take place at the Dacusville Community Center Pavilion, located at 2671 Earls Bridge Road in Easley, made up of motorcycles from all over the Upstate.

Riders should register at 9 a.m. and will leave at 10 a.m. to ride through Pickens and Oconee counties. Riders will return between 1-1:30 p.m. to the Dacusville Community Center, where the Quilts of Valor presentations will take place.

A $10 donation per motorcycle will be gladly accepted. All proceeds go to the promotion and advancement of Quilts of Valor for Pickens and Oconee Counties.

For more information, call Tom at (864) 430-1386.


Courier Community Calendar 6-5-19

• ‘Hee Haw’ play set for Saturday

A play based on popular 1970s and ‘80s TV show “Hee Haw” will be presented at the Pickens Senior Center, located on School House Road in Pickens, at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 8.

The play, put together by Carol Baker, is directed by Rick Grant and Susan Grant. Mike Waldrop is the announcer. The cast features a group of very talented musicians and actors, including Frank Rickey, Lewis Pace, Carol Baker, Doug Finney, Dale Harward, Bucky Hendricks, Mike Hayes, Lib Cowan, Earl Reeves, Margie Reeves, John Turner, Patsy Nix, Juanita Trotter, Bobby Trotter, Sarah Allison, Allan Roper, Nell McJunkin, Roger Breazeale, Carl Lewis, Tony Gillespie, Suzanne Fortune, Lorraine Garner and Lucy

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Campbell named Scholar Technician of the Year

By Greg Oliver
Courtesy The Journal

LIBERTY — Pickens County educators and industry officials gathered recently to celebrate the technical achievements of high school students over the past year, which included the naming of Jacob Campbell as the 2019 Scholar Technician of the Year.

The award was given as part of the seventh annual Pickens County STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Evening of Celebration at the Pickens County Career and Technology Center to recognize technical high school students.

Alliance Pickens executive director Ray Farley said the award was developed nearly nine years ago.

“Our annual evening of celebration is a component of our scholarship technician endeavor, so at that event we award the Scholar Technician of the Year, which is the Heisman Trophy for the technically educated Pickens County high school student who has shown a dedication to their skill, a strong work ethic and character and evaluation that is done by the private sector,” Farley said. “It’s a very

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Courier Legal Notices 6-5-19





Case No. 2018-ES-3900-236


Floyd Keasler, Petitioner, vs. Joe Ben Keasler, Lysander Keasler, Annie L. Peppers and Heirs Known Unknown, Respondents.


YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Petition herein, a copy of which is herewith served upon you, and to serve a copy

Courier Notice to Creditors 6-5-19

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