Daily Archives: 12/07/2021

Picture Perfect

The Daniel Lions pulled away in the second half to beat Camden 45-20 on Friday and wrap up their second consecutive state championship and second perfect season in a row. The victory marked the first time the Lions had taken back-to-back state titles since 1991-92. Above, Daniel defenders Carson Chasteen, left, and Brodey Conn celebrate after a big play against the Bulldogs. At right, Daniel coach Jeff Fruster holds up the championship trophy after the victory. To read more about the game and see more photos scroll down to the Courier’s final Football Frenzy section of the season. Photos by Carl Ackerman/Courtesy The Journal

2 charged with drug trafficking

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

COUNTY — Two men face drug charges following arrests by the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office’s Community Action Team.

According to a news release, deputies with the PCSO Community Action Team, in conjunction with Pickens city police officers, arrested Ronnie Wayne Hendricks during a traffic stop within Pickens County on Dec. 1.

At the time of his arrest, Ronnie Hendricks was found in possession of more than half a pound of methamphetamine, roughly 80 grams of

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Official optimistic about post-holiday COVID-19 spike

STATE — Thanks to vaccines, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control’s public health director is hopeful the state won’t see a huge spike in COVID-19 cases following the holidays, as it did in early 2021.

Dr. Brannon Traxler gave a COVID-19 update on Dec. 1.

“The holiday season is officially in full swing, and we are continuing to urge South Carolinians to be vigilant and to be safe during these special times of gathering with friends and family and fellowship,” she said.

Like most states, South Carolina has experienced “surges in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths

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Thomas Alexander elected SC Senate president

By Norm Cannada
Courtesy The Journal

COLUMBIA — An Oconee County native who also represents a portion of Pickens County is now the elected leader of the South Carolina State Senate.

State Sen. Thomas Alexander of Walhalla was unanimously elected Senate president during a special meeting Monday afternoon.

He is the second Senate president in a position that was formed in January 2019 after a change was instituted allowing senators to elect one of their own as president after the lieutenant governor became the governor’s running mate.

State Sen. Harvey Peeler resigned as president earlier in the meeting Monday to

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Clemson takes no action on expiring mask mandate

By Riley Morningstar
Courtesy The Journal

CLEMSON — An emergency ordinance requiring students in schools and similar settings inside Clemson city limits is now set to end in less than two weeks.

With no action taken, a mask mandate that has been in place since August will end on Dec. 18 after Monday night’s Clemson City Council meeting. In October, council extended the ordinance requiring masks at indoor locations at schools, preschools, kindergartens and daycares within city limits in an attempt to limit the spread of COVID-19. Essential businesses and other

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Quilt raffle fundraiser

A cross-stitched flower quilt measuring 72 inches by 94 inches is being raffled by the fiber arts program at Hagood Community Center. The cross-stitch squares were donated in the fall of 2018 by an anonymous donor. Throughout 2019, quilters met to hand-stitch the quilt. The project leader was Lucy Harward, who has since passed away. The quilt is the first one completed by Lucy’s Granger Fiber Arts Quilting Bee. The lucky winner will be drawn during lunch at the center on Wednesday, Dec. 22. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5 and can be obtained at the center on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. until noon.

Pickens church to host benefit for area man battling cancer

PICKENS — A hot dog benefit with prizes and singing will be held this Saturday, Dec. 11, to help with medical bills for Brad Curtis at Amazing Grace Fellowship, located at 229 Pearl St. in Pickens.

Hot dogs will start being served at 10 a.m. in the church fellowship hall, and the singing will begin at 6 p.m. inside the church.

Curtis was diagnosed in 2014 with renal cell carcinoma in the kidneys. The doctors did a partial kidney removal. In 2018, it metastasized into his right femur. He underwent radiation. There was a rod inserted in his right leg to

Hospitals clarify employee vax policies after ruling

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

COUNTY — Local hospitals have issued statements outlining their positions on health care workers and COVID-19 vaccines following a ruling on the federal government requiring health care workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

On Nov. 30, Federal Judge Terry A. Doughty with the U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana (Monroe) issued a preliminary nationwide injunction that blocked the federal government from requiring health care workers to be

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Courier Community Calendar

• Happy Hooves set to host fundraiser

This Sunday, Dec. 12, Happy Hooves Therapeutic Equestrian Center will be hosting its 18th annual Christmas at the Barn fundraising event at Eden Farms located, at 4700 Dacusville Highway, Marietta, SC 29661. The all-outdoor event is from 2-5 p.m.
Guests will enjoy “Reindeer Rides” (the horses are dressed up with red noses, glitter and antlers), outdoor visits with Santa, a Nativity scene and Christmas music, a Candy Cane Garden, a variety of arts and crafts to make, a “Peeplechase” jump course for children and plenty

Celebrating a century of Aunt Eileen

Yesterday, Dec. 7, 2021 — a date which will live not in infamy, but in love in my heart — my dear, sweet Aunt Eileen, who was like a second mother to me and my brother when we were babies, hit the century mark.

Happy 100th birthday, Aunt Eileen!

Her birthday is easy to remember because she was born exactly 20 years before the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the date President Franklin D. Roosevelt said would live in infamy.

Yet it is she who always remembers my birthday and sends me a card.

I got lazy and quit sending out Christmas cards a few years ago, and

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