Daily Archives: 11/19/2019

The joy of getting old, part 2

Editor’s note: This is the continuation of a column that began in last week’s issue.

When old friends drop by for an occasional visit, they often pick up my binoculars from beside my easy chair and ask if they are new. I innocently answer “No, I use them to read the football scores as they scroll across the bottom of my TV screen”. I explain that I must get a new television, since the screen has dimmed to the point that I can hardly read the fine print.

My grandchildren are the joy of my life. I truly love to see them and play with them. I am often mystified as to why some of them seem to be growing up so fast. In the not-so-distant past, I was able to outrun all of them. I could catch and toss them in the air with ease. Now, by the time I can get my recliner up to launching speed to propel me from its comforting grip, they are well beyond my grasp and running headlong for the street. Not only do I have trouble remembering their names, I

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What seniors need for winter

Where are three things we seniors need to get through a cold winter: flashlights, insulated mittens and space blankets.

Check your battery and flashlight supply and stock up on what you need. One of the big-box stores has small flashlights, about 4 inches long, for $1, and they come with three AAA batteries. (At that price it’s cheaper to buy new flashlights than the batteries that go in them.) While they won’t light up your whole house (20 lumens), they are small enough to carry in a pocket and get you from room to room if the power goes out. Keep a few of them scattered around the house: kitchen counter, dining-room table, nightstand and right inside the

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How not to spend $1.8B in new SC revenue: tax cuts

When tax collections dropped during the Great Recession, it didn’t mean S.C. tax rates were too low; it meant we were going through a recession. The Legislature didn’t raise taxes; it cut spending.

Yet today, when our unemployment rate is at an all-time low and our economy is expanding, the same leaders who were applauding that approach a decade ago are saying that robust revenue growth means we need to cut taxes.

We don’t disagree that some tax rates are too high — others probably are too low — and that our overall tax system is overdue for an overhaul. But saying that revenue growth in a good economy means we need to cut taxes makes no more sense

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Happy Hooves plans ‘Christmas at the Barn’ event

MARIETTA — On Sunday, Dec. 15, Happy Hooves Therapeutic Equestrian Center will be hosting its 16th annual Christmas at the Barn fundraising event at Eden Farms, located at 4700 Dacusville Highway in Marietta. The event will run from 2-5 p.m.

Guests will enjoy “Reindeer Rides” on horses dressed up with red noses, glitter and antlers, time with Santa in the heated North Pole Room, a live interactive Nativity Scene, hot chocolate and cookies, a variety of arts and crafts to make, Christmas carolers, a “Peeplechase” jump course for children, and plenty of photo opportunities.

There will also be lunch items including hot dogs, chili, chips and sodas, home-baked goodies and a horsey-themed gift shop as well. All proceeds will

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Courier Community Calendar 11-20-19

• Six Mile Christmas parade is Dec. 7

The 49th annual Six Mile Christmas parade will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 10:30 a.m. There is no fee for entry, but all entries must submit an entry form. Call or visit Six Mile Town Hall to complete an entry form. All entries must have a holiday theme. No go-carts or four-wheelers will be allowed to enter the parade. Horses will not be allowed on Main Street prior the parade unless approved to do so. All entries have to be walking in order to hand out candy. Rain date is set for Sunday, Dec. 8. For more information, contact Kayla Holtzclaw at

• Pickens Christmas parade set for Dec. 13

The 2019 Pickens Christmas parade is planned for Friday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. Applications for entering the parade are available at, Pickens City Hall and the PRA office (during business hours).

There will be fireworks and a movie after the parade.

The parade will be presented by the Azalea Festival Committee and the city of Pickens.

• Baha’is of Pickens County to host events

Baha’is of Pickens County will have their next 19-day feast for the Month of Speech on Friday, Nov. 22, at 6:30 p.m. in Easley. Call (864) 855-2072 for more information.

Baha’is of Pickens County will host a viewing of “The Gate: Dawn of the Baha’i Faith,” a documentary from Spring

SCRPA names Anthony State Merit Award winner

PICKENS — Pickens Recreation Department director Cheri Anthony was recently named the winner of the South Carolina Recreation and Parks Association’s 2019 State Merit Award.

The SCRPA awards individuals and agencies throughout the state for their contribution to the park and recreation profession throughout the year.

Anthony has been involved in SCRPA for more than 15 years. She graduated from Limestone College in 1983 and has

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Pickens’ Olivia Dow signs to play volleyball at Lander

PICKENS — Pickens High School right-side hitter Olivia Dow signed a letter of intent with Lander University on Friday, Nov. 15, to continue her education and her volleyball playing career in Greenwood.

“Olivia is a young lady of integrity and has such a genuine soul,” Lady Blue Flame coach Rikki Owens said. “Lander will not only be getting a top-notch athlete, but also an all-around phenomenal young woman.”

Dow was a Class 4A All-State selection by the South Carolina Coaches Association of Women’s Sports and will be

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Courier Obituaries 11-20-19


PICKENS — Anthony “Tony” Edward Meyer, of Pickens, went home to be with Jesus on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019.

He was born in Philadelphia, Pa., on June 22, 1947, and was born again into the Body of Christ at the age of 23.

He was a truck driver until he was injured at the age of 39, then moved his family to Pickens County in August 1990.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Jane (Bayles) Meyer; a daughter, Antonette Rene’ Meyer; a son, Anthony “Tony” Edward Meyer Jr. (wife Cindy); seven grandchildren, Destiny Gantt, Brittany Arms, Nicholas Pancoast, Micheala Chavis, Katelyn Metcalf, Justin Meyer and Jessica Meyer; 16 great- grandchildren; and one brother, Daniel Meyer.

He was predeceased by his parents, Nathan and Martha Brody; a daughter, Barbara Ann Clardy; brothers, Matthew Gene Meyer, Andrew

Nailbiter goes Lions’ way with late goal line stand

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter

CENTRAL — As the clock wound down on Friday night, the Daniel Lions were on the verge of seeing everything they had worked for all season collapse against the Westwood Redhawks.

Down 27-22, the Redhawks drove all the way to the Lions’ 4-yard line in the waning minutes of the second-round playoff showdown at Singleton Field. Coming off a 70-52 win over Eastside, the Redhawks were considered one of the best offensive teams in Class 4A.

Despite the odds, the Daniel defense held its ground from there, with Jared Kirksey getting a huge tackle for loss on fourth and goal from the 2-yard line to secure the victory and keep the Lions’ unbeaten season alive for another week.

“My cup runneth over,” Daniel coach Jeff Fruster said following the win. “We challenge these kids week in and week out and they keep coming through, no matter the adversity. Backs against the wall, they knew the game was going to come down to them, and they did a heck of a job.”

Kirksey had trouble finding his footing early in the night, slipping up multiple times as he came around the edge on adverse field conditions. However, that didn’t stop him and the Daniel defense from shutting out Westwood in the

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Tigers move closer to another perfect regular season


By Alex Maminakis
Courtesy The Journal

CLEMSON — The Clemson Tigers are one win away from another undefeated regular season.

Trevor Lawrence matched a career high with four touchdown passes — three of which went to Tee Higgins — and the No. 3 Tigers racked up 516 total yards of offense in another lopsided win, beating Wake Forest 52-3 on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

The Clemson (11-0, 8-0 ACC) defense also limited Wake Forest — which boasted the country’s 13th-best total offense coming into the game, averaging 487.3 yards per contest — to just 105 total yards, and held quarterback Jamie Newman to 41 yards passing.

It was another dominant day by the Tigers in the program’s 26th consecutive win, and on senior day, the 2019 senior class won its 52nd game in the past four years to move into fourth for the most career victories by a senior class in FBS history.

“Today was a historic day. For our seniors, they’re the fastest to 52 wins in college football history,” coach Dabo

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