Daily Archives: 10/01/2019

Lady Blue Flame defeat region foes BHP, Daniel on the road

PICKENS — The Pickens High School Lady Blue Flame continued Region I-4A play on the road last week, taking down Belton-Honea Path and Daniel.

In a match played Sept. 23 in front of a noisy BHP crowd, the Lady Blue Flame defeated the Lady Bears in three sets, winning 25-13, 25-15, 25-19. The Daniel match, played in front of a raucous Daniel High student section, was Sept. 25. The Lady Lions captured the first set 25-20 before the Lady Blue Flame settled down and closed out the match in three straight sets, 25-11, 25-18, 25-22.

“Leadership, mental toughness and teamwork were the main qualities that made us successful for the two big wins on the road against BHP and Daniel,” Blue Flame coach Rikki Owens said. “Having back-to-back road games, another key component was the loyal fans who drove out to BHP and the big Pickens High student section at Daniel that helped us

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On the move

Town and Country Florist is on the move. Ruth Hubbard, owner of the shop, is moving from her current location at 307 E. Main St. in Pickens to a new location at 1361 Old Dacusville Road in Easley. Located in the Dacusville community, the new shop will offer the same arrangements and funeral work. Hubbard says nothing has changed except the location of her shop. She invites everyone to come by and check out the new location. The new shop opened on Sept. 28. Those needing call-in orders can still use the same numbers as before — (864) 878-9912 or (864) 810-3475.


Courier Letters to the Editor 10-2-19

The growing problem of drug abuse

Dear Editor,

In 2016, I wrote about the growing drug problem in this newspaper. The main problem back then was methamphetamine. Examining the latest statistics, the rising use of opioids/fentanyl has broadened and increased the problem in our county.

Comprehensive drug misuse and abuse data is hard toacome by. For instance, if Mr. Jones has a knee operation and is given a prescription, his appropriate and legal use of the drug is recorded when the prescription is dispensed. Mr. Jones only takes half his pills and puts them in his medicine cabinet. If months later his wife twists her ankle badly and takes the rest, that misuse is not reported. Worse yet, if his daughter gets her hands on the pills, starts to take them, develops a habit and then buys heroin on the street, that drug abuse is not reported. If she ends up in prison or in a treatment center, or

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The outfitting of a 7th-grade gangster

Back during the Byzantine era, I was in the seventh grade at Pickens Junior High School. One of my classmates convinced me that I should enter the race for a seventh-grade class officer. Looking back, I do not remember what kind of grudge he held against me, but obviously in his mind I had wronged him some time in the past and this would be a great way to get even. I know of no other valid reason for getting one of your buddies involved in politics at such an early age.

I was not exactly sure what a class officer was supposed to do, but thought it might be fun as well as place a feather in my cap to enter the

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Estimated increase in Social Security

Grab your calculator. Those in the know are making an educated guess about the amount of our Social Security increase for 2020. The Senior Citizens League estimates that the increase will be 1.6 percent, below the raise we got last year. This will mean an average net gain of $23.40 per month for those receiving the average $1,460 per month benefit. In 2019, that benefit amount netted an increase of $40.90 per month.

The Social Security Administration will come out later

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SWU celebrates a new gathering place

CENTRAL — The Southern Wesleyan University community was joined by J. Davis Construction in a dedication of the Dr. Todd Voss Fire Pit on Sept. 18 at Joiner-Hilson Complex.

The fire pit was a gift from J. Davis Construction, builders of Joiner-Hilson, and was named in honor of Southern Wesleyan’s president as a testament to his vision for building an innovative living and learning community on the Central campus. Situated in the courtyard of Joiner-

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Courier Community Calendar 10-2-19

• Juvenile arthritis fundraiser planned

Local residents will soon have a chance to raise a fork for a great cause. The Hagood Community Center will host a spaghetti dinner fundraiser for juvenile arthritis from noon-3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 13. The proceeds from the dinner will go to the Arthritis Foundation, and donations will be accepted.

• PCLA to hold book sale on Oct. 25-26

Pickens Presbyterian Church will be hosting a book sale to benefit the Pickens County Literacy Association. The sale, which will be held on Oct. 25 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Oct. 26 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., includes hardback, paperback, inpirational, cookbooks, health, craft and childrens books, CDs, DVDs, tapes and much more. All proceeds from the

Courier Obituaries 10-2-19


WEST UNION — Joshua Oliver Medlin, 30, of West Union, passed away on Sept. 25, 2019.

Joshua was born on Oct. 20, 1988, in Easley to Jimmy and Bonnie Medlin. He enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family. Joshua was predeceased by his father, Jimmy.

Survivors include his sons, Bryson, Mason and Jaxon; his mother, Bonnie; brothers, Lucas and Matthew; his grandmother, Mae; nephews, Dillon and Austin; niece, Nova, and many other family members.

A private memorial service will be held.


PICKENS — Emma Sue Sorrells Welborn, 82, wife of Thomas Eugene “Gene” Welborn, went home to be with her Lord on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019.

Mrs. Welborn was born in Pickens County, a daughter of the late Rev. Horace F. and Lila Farmer Sorrells. She was a

Smith proud of Flame’s practice mentality as region starts

By John Robert Ayers
Courier Sports

PICKENS — Midway through the season, the Pickens Blue Flame sit in a situation very similar to their standing last year.

The Blue Flame stand at 2-3 heading into region play coming off last week’s open date, and things won’t get any easier from here against one of the toughest Class 4A regions in the state.

Despite the tough start to the season, Pickens coach Chad Smith has seen plenty of positives.

“Our practice mentality has impressed me the most about this team,” Smith said. “We have only had a couple of

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Devils looking for new life entering second half of year

By Clay Counts
Special to The Courier

LIBERTY — The 2019 season has been a tough one for the Liberty Red Devils so far.

Currently sitting at 1-4 on the year, the Devils are looking to clean a few issues up as they head into the all-important second half of the season.

Playing Daniel is always a tall order, but opening the season against a team of that caliber gave the Red Devils an opportunity to knock off some of the offseason cobwebs in a 44-0 loss.

Things turned around for Liberty in week two against Berea. Carter Hair carried the load on offense, rushing for

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