Monthly Archives: June 2019

Daddy’s fishing lake

Not many people own a lake. Well, our daddy built, owned and operated a fishing lake. Sometime in the early to mid-1950s, he decided to construct a lake just below the intersection of two small branches a short distance from the house.

A local contractor was hired to build the earthen dam. He had an old Caterpillar dozer that he used for such things. I remember he and Daddy talking about finding the right type of dirt for the core. The core is probably the most important part of the dam, because it prevents seepage. Generally, clay soil is used because clay particles are very fine and the water almost never flows through them. Well, they must have found the right type of clay soil directly below the old barn, because the dam has never leaked. When completed, the lake encompassed slightly more than an acre.

This pond was a young boy’s natural attraction. When I was not working, I could be found in, on or at least near the water. Strange as it might seem, I even enjoyed cutting the weeds from around the waterline with a sling blade or the old scythe. Daddy had

You must be logged in to view this content.

Subscribe Today or Login


What’s seniors’ No. 1 reason for ER visits?

A recent study revealed that the number of deaths from senior falls has tripled. This is not new. A 2015 study also concluded that the number of falls was increasing, even when America’s growing senior population was taken into account.

For those over age 65, falls are the leading reason we go to the emergency room. Falls can start a vicious cycle: A simple fracture or brain injury can lead to hospitalization, which can bring its own problems, such as catching an infection or becoming weak from staying in bed. Being weak can lead to more falls … and more decline. An older study concluded that one-fourth of seniors who had a hip fracture died within six months. Many of those who

You must be logged in to view this content.

Subscribe Today or Login


SWU president receives Duke Citizenship Award

CENTRAL — Southern Wesleyan University president Todd Voss received the Duke Energy Citizenship Award during the annual banquet of the Clemson Area Chamber of Commerce on June 4.

The Duke Energy Citizenship Award is presented to a recipient who exemplifies the characteristics of good citizenship and selfless service. The annual award recipient has a deep concern and love for their community — someone who always steps up when there is a need, placing community over self. Their continuous contributions over time, often quietly, raise them to the stature of community icon for giving and doing.

Accepting the award for Voss, who was traveling outside the country, was his daughter, Emily Voss Slabaugh.

In presenting the award, Leigh Anne Puryear, community relations liaison at Duke Energy, said, “Southern Wesleyan University states that it is their goal to develop

You must be logged in to view this content.

Subscribe Today or Login


Easley FIRST Lego League team competes at invitational

EASLEY — A FIRST Lego League robotics team from Easley, the Thunderbolts, competed at the FIRST Lego League Razorback International Invitational at the University of Arkansas from May 17-19.

The Thunderbolts are one of many teams sponsored by BOSCH Anderson. They were elated to hear their team name called out as a Champion’s Award Finalist during a carnival Friday night, held in conjunction with the invitational. To be considered for a Champion’s Award Finalist was a huge honor. The Champion’s Awards are presented to those teams who excel in all four areas of the

You must be logged in to view this content.

Subscribe Today or Login


Courier Obituaries 6-26-19


CENTRAL — Verna Marie Rocco, 79, passed from this life Thursday, June 20, 2019, at her home.

Born in New Castle, Pa., she was a daughter of the late Kenneth L. Book Sr. and the late Georgetta Clark Book.

Verna was of the Catholic faith, enjoyed playing bingo, was a vendor at the Anderson Jockey Lot and an avid news watcher, and she loved her family.

Survivors include a daughter Elizabeth Holbert (Timothy Mize) of Liberty; grandchildren, Curtis Holbert, Benjamin Holbert, Michael Holbert, J. J. Holbert, Michelle Pickens, Cherokee Holbert and Cheyenne Holbert; 10 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-

Fourth of July events planned across county

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter

COUNTY — As Independence Day nears, Pickens County is preparing for a number of events celebrating America’s oldest holiday.

Clemson will kick off the festivities on July 3 with the 26th annual ClemsonFest. The event will be held at Spittoono field, located at 1569 Eighteen Mile Road in Central. The cost of the event is $5 per person or $10 per carload.

The gate will open at 5 p.m., and the festival will continue until 10 p.m. Carolina Coast Band will provide live entertainment starting at 6 p.m. and will continue until the fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. Following the fireworks, the band will continue to play until close.

According to organizers, problems with entry and exit that affected last year’s event have been remedied this year, as three gates will be open to get attendees inside and parked smoothly. At least 1,750 cars will be able to park on the grounds — 75 percent more than last year. More information

You must be logged in to view this content.

Subscribe Today or Login


‘Hee Haw’ play at Senior Center sells out, encore set for July 13

PICKENS — A play based on popular 1970s and ‘80s TV show “Hee Haw” was a smash hit on June 8 at the Pickens Senior Center.

So much so that that more than 50 people had to be turned away from the jam-packed auditorium at the the center, located on School House Road in Pickens.

As a result of the incredible response, officials at the center have announced an encore presentation Saturday, July 13, starting at 7 p.m.

The play, written by Carol Baker, is directed by Rick and Susan Grant. Mike Waldrop is the announcer. The cast features a group of talented musicians and actors, including Lewis Pace, Carol Baker, Dale Harward, Bucky Hendricks, Mike

You must be logged in to view this content.

Subscribe Today or Login


Hope for Homeless Bash set Saturday in Pickens

PICKENS — An event planned this weekend in Pickens will help raise money for a shelter to help Pickens County’s homeless population.

The Pickens County Hope For Homeless Bash, set for 2-8 p.m. June 29, will be held at the downtown amphitheater in Pickens, located at 114 W. Main St.

Hosted by Traci Walker and comedian Brandon Rainwater and presented by Dream Catchers, the event will include bounce houses, aYou must be logged in to view this content.

Subscribe Today or Login


Courier Community Calendar 6-26-19

• Youth cheer camp set at Pickens High

The Pickens High School varsity and JV cheerleaders are sponsoring a youth cheer camp set for Saturday, Aug. 3, in the cheer room at PHS from 9 a.m. until noon. The cost is $30 per child, and ages 6-12 may register beginning at 8:30 a.m. Cash or checks made payable to PHS will be accepted. There will be a showcase at 11:30 a.m., and all parents, families and friends are invited to attend. Contact or for more information.

• Soapstone set to host fundraiser

Soapstone Church invites everyone to a special fundraiser at the church, located at 296 Liberia Road in Pickens, on Saturday, July 20. The event will feature fine cooking and will be held from noon-8 p.m. Visitors will enjoy true Southern cooking, including a fish

Courier Legal Notices 6-26-19


BY VIRTUE OF A DECREE of the Court of Common Pleas for Pickens County in the case of United Community Bank v. Otis Hopkins, et al. under Case No. 2019-CP-39-00139, I, the undersigned, as Special Referee for Pickens County, will offer for sale at public outcry at 11:00 A.M., on Monday, July 1, 2019, at the Pickens County Courthouse, 214 E. Main Street, Pickens, South Carolina, the following described real property, to-wit:

All that certain piece, parcel or tract of land situate, lying and being in the State of South Carolina, County of Pickens, about four (4) miles Southeast of the Town of Pickens, being bounded on the Northeast by land of Freeman, on the Northwest by land of Chapman, on the South by land of Blair and on the West by land of Crow, said tract herein conveyed containing five and two tenths (5.2) acres, more or less according to plat of T. Craig Keith, surveyor, dated July 28, 1965, according to said plat having courses and distances as follows, to-wit:

“Beginning at the East corner thereof at point near branch, running thence North 55 West 145 feet; thence North