Daily Archives: 11/05/2019

Quilt show this weekend

PICKENS — “Quilted With Joy,” the 2019 biennial judged quilt show sponsored by the Upcountry Quilting Guild, will be held this Friday and Saturday at Pickens View Wesleyan Church on S.C. Highway 8 between Pickens and Easley.

More than 100 quilts will be on display, including traditional, modern art and wearable art and challenge quilts, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

Admission is $5, and children under 12 are admitted free. No food will be served. Free and ample parking will be

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Save-A-Lot helps PHS

In the 10 years that the Pickens Save-A-Lot store has been opened, it has made many donations for the Pickens High School athletic department. The latest donation Save-A-Lot has made was with the help of its customers. At the beginning of September, the store had signs telling its customers that they could purchase a Gatorade for 99 cents that would go to the athletic department at PHS. The customers stepped up, buying 375 Gatorades in a month. Save-A-Lot went on to donate 25 more to make it an even 400. David Gravely with Little Debbie also donated 10 cases of water. Save-A-Lot wants to thank its wonderful customers for helping Pickens High School. Pictured are Blue Flame football players Lawson Maxey, Brady Batson and Jacob Nagle, along with Pickens head coach Chad Smith receiving the donation.


CMH Auxiliary plans WinterFest activities

PICKENS — The Cannon Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will be hosting its annual WinterFest on Thursday, Nov. 14, from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. in the classroom at AnMed Health Cannon.

WinterFest will feature handmade items from several local vendors.

The auxiliary will also be holding its 12th annual Festival of Wreaths from Nov. 18-Dec. 6.

Wreaths will be on display in the front lobby at AnMed Health Cannon for silent auction. Bidding will

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6th annual Clusters for Kids Oyster Roast scheduled Nov. 23

EASLEY — Presented by Acker Lambert Hinton PA and SeaLevel Systems, the sixth annual Clusters for Kids Oyster Roast will be on Saturday, Nov. 23.

Community sponsors, supporters and the Friends of Pickens County Guardian ad Litem Program will gather for the roast beginning at 5 p.m. at Arran Farm, located at 820 Lenhardt Road in Easley.

The evening will feature an oyster roast and Southern lowcountry buffet, including chicken bog and more, beverages and music. The evening will be highlighted by great music entertainment provided by the band Hot Notes, plus a

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Courier Community Calendar 11-6-19

• LMS Holiday Bazaar is Nov. 23

Liberty Middle School will host a holiday bazaar from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Nov. 23.

The event will offer attendees a chance to shop wonderful crafts and vendor booths, grab a bite to eat and sip, shop and fellowship while picking up some great buys for the holidays.

• BBQ sale planned for this Saturday

A fresh barbecue and yard sale is planned for Saturday, Nov. 9, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at 608 Pendleton St. in Pickens, at the brown house on the corner. All proceeds will go toward the 2020 Rogers family reunion.

• WPO offers chance at monthly fellowship

The Widowed Persons Organization (WPO) organization is not a grief therapy group, but it does provide an

12-and-under champs

The Pickens Recreation Department 12-and-under soccer team coached by Milton Aleman was the champion of  the 2019 Palmetto Soccer Tournament. They had to play three tough opponents to come home with the gold — beating a squad from Seneca and two from Walhalla. “The kids played their hearts out,” Aleman said. Pictured, from left, are coach Milton Aleman, coach Jasmine Aleman, Avery Ferreira, Carolina Keith, Jacie Whitlock, Tara Sharpe, Kaylen Kelley, Trinity Fisher, Noah Welborn, Chase Lyday, Colin Gilstrap, Noah Aleman, Anders Fernstrom, Tyler Sexton, David Orzeck and coach Jeremiah Aleman.


Courier Obituaries 11-6-19


PICKENS — Pauline “Polly” McCall Lusk, a longtime resident of Pickens County, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, at the age of 85, surrounded by her family.

She was born in Mountain Rest on Jan. 3, 1934, to the late Erby and Bertha (Nicholson) McCall. She married the late Fred Lusk Sr. on March 4, 1955. Polly was a licensed practical nurse for many years.

She is survived by two children, Linda (Larry) Roach and Fred Lusk Jr.; grandchildren, Heather (Corey) Hefner, Blaire Roach, Sarah Lusk, Savannah Lusk and Christopher “Kit” Lusk; and great-grandchildren, Ryleigh Hefner, Carolina Hefner and Walker Hefner.

She was preceded in death by siblings, Ralph McCall, Grady McCall, Erby McCall Jr., Aileen King, Carrie Shelor and Beulah Hamilton.

Memorial services were held at Fred W. Symmes Chapel “Pretty Place” (4336 Camp Greenville Road, Cleveland, SC 29661) on Nov. 2.


SENECA — Janice Mayne O’Connor, 84, of Seneca, died Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, at Oconee Memorial Hospital.

Born Jan. 5, 1935, in Archbald, Pa., she was the daughter of her late parents, Russell and Isabel Mayne of Archbald, Pa.

She was predeceased by her late husband of 45 years, Eugene F. O’Connor of Seneca, and son, Jeffrey D. O’Connor of Charleston. Two brothers, Richard and David Mayne, also preceded her in death.

Janice and her family arrived in the Upstate in March 1975 and joined University Lutheran at that time. She worked in the environmental engineering department and, after 19 years of service, retired from Clemson University in 1995. She enjoyed gardening, bird watching, traveling, church activities, bowling and being a grandmother. Janice was a lifelong avid reader, expert seamstress and Clemson Tigers fan.

Surviving are a sister, Roberta Culver of Potsdam, N.Y.; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Linda O’Connor of Altadena, Calif., Diane and Mike Logan of Seneca and Karen and Greg Arburn of Marion, Ohio; three sons and three daughters-in-law, Kevin and Shirin O’Connor of Sugar Land, Texas, Brian and Dilce O’Connor of Haymarket, Va., and Glen and Taffi O’Connor of Clinton. Also surviving are 16 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be conducted at University Lutheran Church on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, at 1 p.m. by Pastor Jon

Blue Flame drop final game of year

By Rocky Nimmons

PICKENS — The Pickens Blue Flame’s season came to end on Friday night with a 42-20 loss to region foe Palmetto at Bill Isaacs Field in Pickens.

Despite the lopsided loss, the game was much closer than the final score indicated, as the Big Blue never stopped fighting until the final whistle was blown.

“They never quit,” Pickens head coach Chad Smith said. “We have great kids. We just made too many mistakes. That has kind of been the story of the season. We play hard, but made too many mistakes throughout. That is our job as coaches to fix, and we will fix it.”

Statistically, the game appeared much closer than the final score indicated. In total offense, Pickens racked up 338 yards to Palmetto’s 346. In addition, time of possession was squarely on Pickens’ side as the Blue Flame had the ball for 33:02, compared to the

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Liberty turns focus to playoffs after falling to Powdersville in regular-season finale

By Zachary Arms
Special to The Courier

LIBERTY — The Liberty Red Devils didn’t get the senior night ending they wanted as they fell to the Powdersville Patriots 28-7 in their regular-season finale on Friday night.

Liberty is now 3-7 as it faces the daunting task of hitting the road for the opening round of the Class 3A playoffs to take on undefeated Chapman this Friday.

At kickoff of last week’s game at home against Powdersville, the temperature was a crisp 56 degrees with clear skies and no wind.

Powdersville jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter with a pair of long Thomas Williams touchdown runs before Liberty came back to make it a one-score game in the second quarter with a 22-yard pass from E.J. Stafford to Aaron Spruill.

The Patriots then added to their lead with a pair of interception return scores in the third quarter to make the final score 28-7.

Red Devils head coach Kyle Stewart said one of the most glaring problems for his team was its play up front, which he chalked up to depth issues. Only 19 players saw the field for Liberty in the game.

“Throughout the ball game, we struggled to control the line of scrimmage, which has

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Laurens scores early, often to spoil Easley senior night

By Eugene Jolley
Courier Sports

EASLEY — Laurens showed why the Raiders are the Region I-5A champions Friday night, spoiling Easley’s senior night with a 63-29 beating and putting a disappointing end to the Green Wave’s season.

The Raiders were led by Shrine Bowl linebacker Duane Martin, a Louisville verbal commit. Martin broke up two passes, had a pressure that led to an interception, picked off a pass after tipping it to himself and blocked an extra-point kick. That’s not to mention the impact he made on offense, scoring a touchdown from the A-back position.

“He’s an incredible player,” Easley coach Caleb King said of Martin. “There’s a reason why he has multiple Division I offers. He’s committed to Louisville and is playing in the Shrine Bowl, and there is a reason for it.”

Easley (3-7, 2-5) was hoping for better results as 17 seniors played their last game as a Green Wave, but Laurens scored on the first five series of the game to take control in the first half.

Easley reached Laurens territory three times and didn’t score in the first half, including on its

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