Monthly Archives: October 2022

Residents have chance to dispose of old prescription pills Saturday 

COUNTY — An upcoming event will give Pickens County residents an opportunity to get rid of unwanted, unneeded and expired prescription pills.

The Drug Enforcement Administration sponsors two National Pill Take Back Days every year, in April and October.

The fall 2022 National Pill Take Back Day will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 29.

In Pickens County, pills can be dropped off at AnMed Health Cannon Hospital (123 W.G. Acker Drive, Pickens), Prisma Health Baptist

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3 benefits to think about as you pick a Medicare plan

The Medicare Annual Election Period begins on Oct. 15, and nearly 22,500 individuals in Pickens County are ages 65 or older and may be eligible to select a health care plan for 2023.

From Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, people eligible for Medicare can review plans to find the best one for their health needs, as well as their wallets. Although it may seem intimidating, it is important that eligible individuals start by identifying their top priorities — like convenience or quality of

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You can be a BOAT, too

Look! Up in the sky!

It’s a bird! It’s a plane!

It’s a BOAT!

No, not the kind that floats. I’m talking about a thing that astronomers are calling the BOAT — the Brightest Of All Time — a cosmic explosion that slammed into our planet on Sunday, Oct. 9.

Did you feel it?

Don’t feel bad. I didn’t see or hear or feel it either. I didn’t know anything about it until I saw the story online at Ars Technica.

But it was, and still is, a BIG DEAL.

It’s not every day that an explosion of this magnitude occurs. In fact, astronomers estimate that

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Ignoring God does not lessen the need for Him

Within the Christian faith, we are taught that every person will someday stand before God and have a discussion about how they lived. A few will argue, give excuses, try to justify and attempt to present their case before the infinite judge and authority of all things.

Many scoff and doubt about not being responsible for the way they live, but for the most part, the majority agrees there is coming a day of judgment. You would think with nearly everyone hearing about being held accountable that it would generate more interest in knowing God and

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Courier Letters to the Editor 10-26-22

Thank you from PYAC

Dear Editor,

Thank you from the Pickens Youth Athletic Corporation!

To say our first-ever golf tournament, held on Oct. 15, had a positive outcome is an understatement! We could not have hand-picked better weather — blue skies and sunshine for days! Our board would like to vigorously thank all those who participated in some way by helping us accomplish our end goals. All of our combined efforts materialized in a profit of $3,778.07. Wow! A tremendous amount of thanks are extended to our golfer friends and sponsors. These are in no particular order, but without every single person or business, we would never have been successful! Cheers to our sponsor friends listed below:

  • Erik Brock, PGA, Hayfield Country Club, Baltimore, Md.
  • Joe Hooper
  • Caldwell Constructors Inc.
  • Porter Brothers Automotive
  • Deluxe Construction/Bart Rogers
  • Hiott For House
  • Heidi’s LLC
  • Dennis Larsson
  • Gateway Supply Company
  • Shaw Resources Inc.
  • Blue Ridge Electric Co-op
  • Pickens County Courier
  • TaylorMade Golf Company

First-place winners from the day were the team of David Gilstrap, Jim Garrett, Raymond Batson and Jerry Hagan. Second place went to Rick

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Class of 1972 celebrate 50th reunion

The Pickens High School Class of 1972 held its 50th class reunion on Oct. 15 at Looper’s Barn in Pickens. The great turnout of classmates enjoyed fellowship and a steak dinner during the event. Pictured, front row from left, are Talmadge Shirley, Joan Smith Summey, Debbie Crenshaw Allgood, Gloria Chapman Littleton, Gail Craig-Jager, Teresa Gravely, Linda Rowland, Patricia Trotter Howard, Becky Gilstrap Childress, Vickie Dodgens McJunkin, Glenda Gravely Fowler, Cynthia Boney, Freda Pace Coyle, Kay Hiott, June Byers Coleman, Elizabeth Pearce, Nancy Warner, Mary Brown Nix, Joyce McElhannon Norton, arry Hines and Joe Haynes. In the second row are Hovey Burrell, Fletcher Perry, Tommy Bearden, Charlie Martin, Donald Durham, Mike Hendricks, Billy Chappell, Skeets Cooper, Joe Holcombe, Wayne Madden, Harold Dodson, Landy Cash, Carolyn Todd Stancell, Jim Medlin, Kathy Grant Gilstrap, Janet Hayes Childs, Mike Holcombe, Jeff Wood, Stanley Cassell, Tommy Hendricks, Mickey Swinyer, Stephen Moses, Henry Jones, Steve Beasley, Ronnie McJunkin, Mike Waldrop and Mike Havice. In back are Roger Haskett, Marc Hiott, Ricky Powell, Phil Lewis, Richard Krecji, Larry Webb, Randy Grant and Larry Oberstar. Not pictured were Judy Rackley, Susan Greer Cash, Elijah Hayes and Sharon Bowen Watson.         Rocky Nimmons/ Photo

Six Mile Baptist to host annual Feast-0-Plenty

SIX MILE — Six Mile Baptist Church will host the 15th annual “Feast-o-Plenty” from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19.

Last year, approximately 200 people joined the church for the dinner, and this year organizers are hoping to share with even more.

The meal will be served at the Roper Building, located at 150 N. Main St. in Six Mile. This event is a free Thanksgiving meal for anyone living

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ARC names Allison Fowler Leadership Institute Fellow

COUNTY — The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has named Allison Fowler, community and tourism development director for Pickens County, to participate in the 2022-23 class of the Appalachian Leadership Institute, a free leadership and economic development training opportunity for individuals currently living and/or working in one of ARC’s 13 Appalachian states.

The 2022-23 class comprises a diverse network of professionals representing all 13 Appalachian

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• Fairview schedules building fundraiser

Fairview Baptist Church will be holding a building fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m., rain or shine. There will be a hot dog, bake and yard sale at the church, located at 1106 Robinson Bridge Road in Liberty. Donations are welcome, with all proceeds donated to the church repair fund.

• St. Andrew Parish set to hold bazaar

The St. Andrew Parish annual bazaar will take place Saturday, Nov. 5, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at St. Andrew Catholic Church, located at 209 Sloan St. in Clemson. It will feature a wide variety of handcrafted items, including hostess and teacher gifts, home décor for all seasons, wearables, Clemson-themed items, yarn crafts, stocking stuffers, art, plants, jewelry, greeting and note cards, wooden signs and up-cycled

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Courier Obituaries 10-26-22


SIX MILE — Annie Laverne Stancil McGaha, 83, passed away on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022 at her home.

Laverne was born on Sept. 24, 1939, to the late Leo and Essie Durham Stancil. She was a fan of the Atlanta Braves and Clemson Tigers. Laverne’s faith was very important to her, and she attended Crowe Creek Church of God. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend.

Mrs. McGaha is survived by one son, Tommy McGaha; one daughter, Tammy Peters; four grandchildren, Nikki Wyatt (Corey), Josh Peters, David Peters and Hunter McGaha; and two great-