Daily Archives: 07/27/2021

Get the shot — it could save a life

I ran into a woman at the highway department recently who was standing outside the door talking to an elderly woman. The older woman had on a mask, but the younger woman did not.

We were waiting in line to get inside, and I couldn’t help but hear their coversation.

The younger woman was lecturing the older woman against being vaccinated against the coronavirus.

She said it wasn’t necessary because she was young, healthy and wouldn’t get it.

The older lady tried to explain to her the necessity of being vaccinated, but it was a fruitless effort. The young lady had taken a position early on in the pandemic, and there was no way to change her mind.

She didn’t want to even consider that she might be wrong.

Hospitals are beginning to fill up again. People are dying again. Doctors say that 99 percent of the new coronavirus patients are those who haven’t been vaccinated.

Why not?

We get vaccinated against measles, diptheria, polio, typhoid and many other diseases that can kill or cripple us. Although there are still some parents out there who have bought into the fiction that vaccinations cause autism, the majority of parents know that theory has been disproven.

Less than half of the eligible people in the state have chosen to protect themselves and others against the coronavirus.

That means that if you go into Walmart or any other business, more than 50 percent of the other people in the stores shopping without masks are not protected. So if they are carryig the virus and don’t know it, they are potentially infecting half the customers in the store.

My family has been vaccinated, for which I’m very thankful.

I remember the polio epidemic.

We were living in Barnwell, S.C., and Daddy was an engineer on the Savannah River Project, widely know as “the Bomb Plant.”

It was 1952, and I was very young, but I remember they closed the schools. Children in our neighborhood had polio.

A little girl I played with who lived two blocks away died.

There was no vaccine.

I mostly remember how frightened all the grownups were and how we all were kept closely at home.

Finally, when the vaccine was created and distributed, everybody was so thankful and everybody got vaccinated.

No one wanted their children to be crippled or to die.

We were safe.

So now, when people can be safe through vaccinations, it’s incomprehensible to me that they would choose not to take a step that can save their lives, or the lives of others.

If you can choose to live or choose to die, why would any rational person choose death? And though you may have the right as an individual to choose to die, do you really have the right through this choice to kill other people?

We’ve lost a neighbor to coronavirus, and even now one entire neighborhood household is sick.

Many of those who get sick and survive experience organ failure and are left with permanent respiratory damage.

Please don’t let this happen to you. Get vaccinated and save a life.

Our blueprint, compass and instruction manual

When it comes to finding our place in this world, let’s consider two categories.

The first one, let’s call floating down the river. Imagine someone napping in a small boat without a compass or a paddle and not caring about where they are going. Having a spectator mentality, they have no map or intentional direction, but rather are just hoping for the best. It’s also common for these individuals to throw pity parties from time to time, as their happy-go-lucky lifestyle includes serious disappointments.

Often haunted with thoughts of being left behind, these people are caught in a vicious cycle of confusion and discouragement. As a Christian counselor, I’ve had conversations with those who are stuck in this drifting mindset and certainly have compassion for them, but we all have to do our share of searching and praying. No doubt it’s extremely difficult to know our calling, but it does not help the situation by living in denial and blaming

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The secret power of carpenter bees

When Muhammad Ali said he could “float like a butterfly and sting like a bee,” he was obviously referring to the female bumblebee. The fuzzy, black and gold female bumblebee can sting again and again, particularly if you are dancing around the yard in your princess dress, barefoot, when you step on her nest.

Ali, the world-champion boxer nicknamed “The Greatest,” was regarded as the ultimate athlete of the 20th century. He was known for his trash-talking and poetry reading as much as his fancy footwork in the ring. That day, I not only did some pretty fancy footwork myself, I discovered that I was also a

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Courier Obituaries 7-28-21


EASLEY — Felix Saulter Hendricks Jr., 82, loving husband to JoAnn Holden for 60 years, went to be with the Lord on Monday, July 19, 2021, at Prisma Health Hospice of the Foothills — Cottingham House in Seneca.

A native of Pickens County, Felix was born on May 14, 1939, son of the late Hazel Stegall and Felix Saulter Hendricks Sr.

Survivors include one son, Tim Hendricks (Cynthia) of Easley; one daughter, Tammy Morris of Easley; six grandchildren, Derrick Morris (Kimberly) of Greenville, Emily Anne Morris (Austin) of Greenville, Addie Morris (Mike) of Easley, Bonnie Morris (Samantha) of Greenville, Donavan Hendricks (Taylor) of Pickens and Duncan Hendricks of Easley; one great-granddaughter, Amara Adams of Greenville; and two sisters, Mary Bryson and Gail Elgin, both of Easley. He is also survived by cousins, Sonia Rogers of Simpsonville, Tony Robinson of Alabama and Larry Robinson of Nevada, as well as

Korean War vets asked to take part in Honor Flight

GREER — The Upstate Honor Flight organization is looking for Korean War veterans in South Carolina as it prepares for a trip to the Korean War Wall of Remembrance on July 27, 2022.

The flight is the award for South Carolina raising $200,000 for the 576 South Carolinians who were either killed in action or prisoners of war in the Korean War, according to a press release from retired South Carolina Sen. Lewis Vaughn.

The release said that while contributions would be appreciated, they are not

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Stronger corn stalks could lead to greater food security

Courtesy Clemson University

CLEMSON — Corn is one of the most important cereal crops in the world.

But stalk lodging destroys up to one-quarter of the U.S. corn crop each year. Stalk lodging is breakage of the stalk at or below the ear. when Last August, a derecho — a straight-line windstorm with hurricane-force winds — destroyed 8.2 million acres of corn in the Midwest and caused approximately $2 billion in losses to the agricultural industry.

Stalk lodging has several causes, including high nitrogen

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Teamwork turns the corner on an insect invasion in South Carolina Lowcountry

Courtesy Clemson University

CHARLESTON — An aptly named invasive pest, the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) snuck into South Carolina for the first time in 2020 and established a toehold in Lowcountry hardwood trees.

A toehold will be all the insect gets if a coalition of federal and state officials, local property owners and Clemson researchers has its way. The team has organized one of the Palmetto State’s largest and most coordinated responses to an invasive species, leading to a recently expanded quarantine of 76.4 square miles in Charleston County and a sliver of Dorchester.

“We feel pretty confident that the ALB is contained within the area,” said Steven Long, assistant director of Clemson

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Melonfest set to bring fun and music to Hagood Mill

PICKENS — No one will want to miss Melon Fest at the Hagood Mill Historic Site this Saturday, July 31.

There will be plenty to do and much fun to be had. The event will run from 11 a.m. to about 7 p.m., with fun melon activities all day long. Admission to the event is $10 for ages 13 and older, $5 for kids ages 4-12 and free for 3 and under. Back by popular demand, JDew will be emceeing the event, and organizers have country and blues musicians lined up all day. Luke Deuce will kick off the musical entertainment at noon. Luke Smith will take the reins at 2 p.m., and Freddie Vanderford and Mill

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Local athletic trainers provide care for student-athletes in community

COUNTY — Athletic trainers are health care professionals who render medical services or treatments, under the direction of a physician, in accordance with their education and training and the state statutes, rules and regulations.

The importance of athletic trainers and the care they provide has been proven time and time again when athletic injuries occur. As health care providers, athletic trainers have the foundational skill set and education to manage challenging and unpredictable situations when they occur. Some of the medical services that athletic trainers provide include injury prevention, wellness

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Courier Community Calendar 7-28-21

  • Library offers reading program


This year’s summer reading theme at the Pickens County Library is “Tails and Tales.” The program began on June 7 and runs until Saturday. All Pickens County residents will receive a postcard in the mail. The postcard will include a list of fun activities to complete and return to the library. To complete the program, participants can choose to read 10 books,

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