Daily Archives: 06/14/2022

Soapstone receives easement, endowment

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

PICKENS — Another layer of protection has been placed over Soapstone Baptist Church, to help ensure it remains a pillar of the Liberia community, as it has been for more than 150 years.

Two announcements came during a picnic held Saturday in honor of the recent birthday of Mable Owens Clarke, the driving force behind the fish fry fundraisers that raised much of the money used to pay off the mortgage of

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DWD principal takes district job

PICKENS — D.W. Daniel High School is will be looking for a new principal after the School District of Pickens County (SDPC) Board of Trustees selected Shannon Sharkey as the next Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Curriculum on Monday.

Sharkey, who has served SDPC in varying capacities, is currently the Principal at Daniel, but will assume her new role following the upcoming retirement of Sharon Huff at the end of June 2022.

“Mrs. Sharkey is passionate about teaching and learning and is dedicated to

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Hagood Mill hosts folk music festival

PICKENS — Pickens County music fans are in luck, with the Hagood Mill Historic Site hosting an event highlighting the singer-songwriter titled,   the Americana Folk Festival on Saturday, June 18.

This music-filled day will include entertainment by Barrett Davis, Angela Easterling, Steve McGaha & Patrick Lark, and Ella & Mary.

Davis is a son of American Roots Music. According to a release from Hagood

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Locals lauded at Upstate Forever luncheon

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

GREENVILLE – Two area residents were honored during pstate Forever’s ForeverGreen awards luncheon on Monday.

Hoyt Grant, of Pickens, received the Tommy Wyche Land Conservation Champion Award at Upstate Forever’s ForeverGreen awards luncheon in Greenville.

Grant was recognized Monday for his efforts to preserve a view of South Carolina’s most photographed natural

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Halfacre, County Council talk improving signage

By Greg Oliver
Courtesy The Journal

PICKENS — Clemson Mayor Robert Halfacre, in his report on collaboration opportunities with Pickens County, told county council in May he would like to see a joint effort made in creating a unique welcome sign on the Pickens County-Clemson side of the U.S. Highway 123 bridge.

Halfacre said city officials envision a sign “to focus on the mountain and lake

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Giving back

Photos by Jessica Mackey/Courier

Daniel High School graduate Shaq Lawson, pictured here signing autographs for local kids, hosted the second annual  “Shaq Lawson Day” at Bolick Field in Central on Saturday. Lawson is a seven year pro in the Nation Football League and is currently signed with the Buffalo Bills after a stint with the New York Jets last fall.

Courier Obituaries 8-15-22


EASLEY — Jimmy Alan Richardson, 70, passed away on Friday, June 10, 2022, at his home.

Born in Greenville, he was a son of the late Collins Forrest “Richard” Richardson and Nellie “Nell” Pauline Chappell Richardson.

Jimmy worked with Bi-Lo and Winn Dixie for over 30 years and retired from Bi-Lo. He enjoyed fishing, loved cars and racing.

Surviving are his children, April Renee Dial (David) of Greer, Nathan A. Richardson of Easley and Ashley Lindsey of Piedmont; grandchildren, Skylar  Richardson, Raigan Loudermilk, Bryson Dial, Blake Richardson, Jordan Richardson, Eden Dial, Emerson Dial, Adelyn Murray, Ashby Murray and many adopted grandchildren; brothers, Jerry Richardson of Easley and Randy Richardson of Easley; and a sister, Sandra Farrow of Easley.

The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 6 until 8 p.m., at Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown.

A memorial service to honor Jimmy’s life will be held at 4 p.m., on Friday, June 17, 2022, in the funeral home chapel.

Flowers will be accepted.

Please visit or Robinson Funeral Home and Crematory-Downtown, Easley.



EASLEY — Patricia Henderson Brock, 82, wife of 63 years to Glenn R. Brock, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, June 13, 2022, at her

Tackling pizza, bitcoin and world hunger

This is a three-part column, so if the first part doesn’t grab you, move on to the next, etc.

So … here goes:


Part 1

The pizza wars are heating up in Easley. It seems like a new pizza joint is popping up about every other week.

According to my map search, there are 19 pizza restaurants in Easley! That seems like a lot to me.

I can see having two or three places you like to get pizza from, but are people really always looking for a new place to

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When we are weak, He is strong

How much grace does it take to love our enemies and those who have hurt us? Well, that’s a good question.

Tragedies occur all around us, and it’s true we are heartbroken and disturbed, but what happens if we are personally offended or our family and friends are harmed? I admit that I do not always have the character of Christ when I’m being threatened or attacked. Many times, my first reaction is to retaliate because it’s a part of our old nature, but I agree that people need to be

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Local food bank needs your help

If you’re on the other side of the fence — able to donate to the food bank rather than visiting to use its services — your local pantry can surely use your help. Running them is more complicated and expensive than it might seem!

The food bank in my town gets most of its food from the main supplier in the state, which gets its support

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