Monthly Archives: August 2021

Who would have thunk it?

The delta variant is highly contagious and is attacking children. Mask wearing will help stop the spread.

And to all those in positions of power who block health and safety measures for the public, such as mask wearing and vaccinations, think of all the illness and death you are responsible for because you are more interested in pandering to the fanatical rather than protecting the public you serve.

So now we have a network news show broadcasting information that is killing people. And people are listening

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The legalities of the left lane

I may be the only person in Pickens County who’s not as pleased as a possum in a pokeweed patch about the new state law that encroaches upon the rights of “slower” drivers.

I think it was passed only because so many people get highly irritated when someone in the left lane is preventing them from speeding.

The law, in case you haven’t heard, says you can’t drive in the left lane unless you’re passing somebody — or if there’s nobody behind you. This applies to interstate highways only.

Here’s the thing, though: I usually drive at the speed limit. I don’t think anybody has a right to get mad at me as

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Everyone needs a hug

National Hugging Day is celebrated around the world on Jan. 21. We missed out this year. I didn’t want to bring it up in January because we were masking up and social distancing. After all, hugging was prohibited, forbidden, taboo, verboten. People were feeling too apprehensive and anxious to hug.

Kevin Zaborney founded Hugging Day in 1986. He realized there was nothing to break the monotony between New Year’s Day and Valentine’s Day and decided everyone needed something to get them through these dreary winter days — and thought that a hug would do nicely.

Chase’s “Calendar of Events” decided to include Zaborney’s Hugging Day in their publication — and it caught on. Zaborney was right — everyone needs a hug.

Hugging makes you feel like everything is going to be OK. It makes you feel happy and safe. It reduces stress and

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Letter to the Editor

Thank God for memories

Dear Editor,

For the older people out there, maybe this will bring back memories.

Do you remember eating for breakfast such things as grits, red-eye gravy, thickening gravy or cathead biscuits? How about salt or sugar cured ham, fresh slaughtered from homegrown hogs. Hawuh! Talk about good eatin’! What about cracklings? And

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Delegation taking apps for Foster Care Board

PICKENS — The Pickens County Delegation Office is accepting applications for open seats on the Foster Care Review Board 13-A and First Steps Board until Sept. 14 at noon. Applications can be found on the Pickens County website,, under the Government/Delegation link and may be sent to

Applicants may call (864) 850-7070 if they have any questions.

PHS names Scholar Athletes of the Week

‘PICKENS — During Pickens High School’s varsity football game against Eastside on Friday night at Bill Isaacs Field, the school announced its Scholar-Athletes of the Week for the weeks of Aug. 20 and Aug. 27.

Scholar-Athletes are nominated by their teachers for demonstrating academic excellence in the classroom. The nominations are reviewed by a committee, and a male and female fall sports recipient will be

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Who are they?

Officials at the Clayton Research Room at the Southern Wesleyan University Library have a collection of original pictures that they are attempting to identify. We at the Pickens County Courier thought our readers might be able to help. The two pictures include people from the Pickens County area. If you can identify any of these people, contact Mildred H. Brewer at or with the name and image number under the picture.

Community Calendar 9-1-21

• Soapstone to hold fish fry September 18

Soapstone Church invites everyone to a special fundraiser at the church, located at 296 Liberia Road in Pickens, on Saturday, Sept. 18.
The event will feature fine cooking and will be held from noon-8 p.m. Visitors will enjoy true Southern cooking, including a fish fry, barbecue and fried chicken with all the fixings right from Ms. Mable’s kitchen. For more information, call (864) 414-8470.

• Story Time Plus programs planned

Each month, Boxwood Manor, located in Pendleton, and Collins Ole Towne, located in Central, are sites for Story Time Plus programs and Homeschool Days. Story Time Plus runs 10-11:30 a.m. and is designed for ages 8 and under. Admission is $3 for each child age 5 or older, with a $10 household maximum.

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Courier Obituaries 9-1-21


LIBERTY — Mr. David J. Moody, 86, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Aug. 25, 2021.

David was born in Harriman, Tenn., and was the son of the late Herschel S. Moody and Evelyn P. Moody. He was a loving and dedicated husband to Jeanette Riggs Moody for 64 years.

Survivors include his wife, Jeanette Riggs Moody of Liberty; sons, David J. Moody II of Spartanburg and Scott E. Moody of Easley; a daughter, Kimberly M. Alexander of Liberty; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Mr. Moody was the oldest of five boys and had twin sisters. He went directly from high school to enlist into the U.S. Navy. He served in the Korean War. After his military

Ground game, stiff defense lead Flame to shutout victory

By Rocky Nimmons

PICKENS — The Pickens Blue Flame got off to a nice start to the 2021 season with a 23-0 shutout win over the Eastside Eagles last Friday night at Bill Isaacs Field.

Although it was a lopsided victory, Pickens head football coach Chad Smith still expects much more from the Big Blue.

“That was a winning performance, but it wasn’t at the same time,” Smith said after the game. “It

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