Daily Archives: 02/07/2023

PHS Scholar-Athletes

Pickens High School’s January Scholar-Athletes of the Month are Christian McCrady (wrestling) and Emmaleigh Stone (varsity basketball). The pair were recognized at Friday’s home basketball game against Easley. This month’s award was sponsored in honor of longtime girls’ basketball coach Butch Morris. McCrady is the son of Gregory and Valerie McCrady. Stone is the daughter of Rory and Kristin Stone.

Liberty downs Abbeville in round two

LIBERTY — Ranked atop the South Carolina Class 2A high school wrestling standings, the Liberty wrestling  team opened its playoff run in the second round on Saturday against the Abbeville Panthers after receiving a first-round bye.

The Red Devils lived up to their lofty ranking, taking down the Panthers in less than 20 minutes with a 78-6 win.

“We know we’re going up against some pretty tough teams, but we’ve built a pretty good resume this year,” Liberty head coach Dale

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Blue Flame boys beat Easley for first time in two decades

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter

PICKENS — Just one week removed from its first region win in 62 games, the Pickens High School boys’ basketball team entered Friday’s contest against archrival Easley hoping to break an even longer against the Green Wave.

With a scorching start, the Blue Flame controlled the game from the opening whistle to beat Easley 69-56 — Pickens’ first win over the Wave in more than two

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Easley girls stun Pickens


By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter

PICKENS — In many ways, Friday night’s matchup between the sixth-ranked Pickens and 10th-ranked Easley girls’ basketball teams was meant to be a coronation for the Blue Flame.

With a win, Pickens would clinch its first-ever region championship, and it seemed like the Blue Flame were well on their way to victory until a fourth-quarter runput the Green Wave ahead 39-38 in the waning seconds. With just five seconds left and a chance to

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Daniel boys top Seneca, win first region title since 2013


CENTRAL — After taking CENTRAL — After taking the lead halfway through the second quarter of its Jan. 30 matchup with Seneca, the eighth-ranked Daniel High School boys’ basketball team took seemingly every punch the Bobcats had to stay ahead.

With the lead down to 54-47 with less than four minutes to go in the final quarter, it seemed like the Lions might never fully put Seneca away. That was until junior wing Erik Lipsey fought his way into the lane through immense defensive pressure before hitting a spinning layup that energized the home crowd and gave the Lions the push they needed to pull out a 66-58 win and move into pole position in the Western

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County athletes sign with colleges

Peace in a newfound love for old hymns

I was planning to write about how terrible the traffic is on U.S. Highway 123 through Easley.

I’ll get to that soon enough.

But lately I’ve had another highway on my mind. The one that leads to God.

When we walk with the Lord

In the light of his Word

What a glory he sheds on our way!

While we do his good will

He abides with us still

And with all who will trust and obey.

If those words sound familiar to you, you probably grew up in a church that sang the old gospel hymns like I did.

By the time I turned 11 or 12, I started getting into other kinds of music, beginning with the Beatles. Suddenly all that

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Courier Letters to the Editor 2-8-23

Thanks for sharing love with children

Dear Editor,

I am writing to thank Pickens-area residents for sharing the true meaning of Christmas with children in need this past holiday season.

Generosity throughout contributed to a successful shoebox gift collection season at drop-off locations for the Samaritan’s Purse project Operation Christmas Child. Across the U.S., the project collected more than 9.3 million shoebox gifts in 2022. Combined with those collected from partnering countries in 2022, the ministry is

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Do we only follow God when we feel like it?

Have you ever wondered what is the purpose of television, games, movies and social media?

Many will say they were created to entertain and inform us, but what we may not have noticed is that when we are constantly focused on these things, we are usually not listening to what God is saying. To understand what He wants us to do, we must give Him our undivided attention. This is accomplished when we find a quiet place where we can pray,

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Courier Obituaries 2-8-23


PICKENS — Larry Lee Cox, 61, of Pickens passed away Friday, Feb. 3, 2023, after a long battle with pneumonia at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Born Nov. 21, 1961, Larry was a beloved grandfather of five, Matthew Franklin, Kaitlyn Cox, Aubrey Cox, Cayden Buchanan and Carmen Rosa; and father of three, Valarie Cox (Raul Rosa), Joshua Cox (Shannon) and Zachary Mauldin (Jenny).

He is also survived by his father, T.J. “Bud” Cox, and his four siblings, J.W. Cox, Danny Cox, Steve Cox and Lisa Gilstrap.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Annie Cox, and a special friend, Wanda Sutherland.

Larry was a caring man who gave everything he had and would give the shirt off his back to anyone in need before helping himself. Larry was extremely hard working and worked for many years doing sheetrock work and construction. He also spent a few years delivering newspapers. He delivered papers seven days a week, 365 days a year, and would