Daily Archives: 03/14/2023

DWD runners compete at national event

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter

BOSTON — New Balance held its national indoor track championships last week in Boston, and four Daniel High School athletes proved their merits amongst the best the nation had to offer at the event.

Daniel’s Bryce Emerson, Sam Proffitt, Ashby Williams and Lizah Williams all competed at the event in their respective age groups and earned personal records at the

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Liberty’s Aiken goes the distance to beat county rival Blue Flame

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter

PICKENS — Taking on a Pickens team with seven college signees, Liberty High School head coach Trey Ulmer gave junior pitcher Elijah Aiken the daunting task of taking on the Blue Flame.

Aiken proved to be more than capable in the role, with one of the best performances on the young season, pitching a complete-game three-hitter while striking out five Pickens batters in a 2-1 Liberty win on Saturday afternoon.

“I’m very proud of Elijah Aiken,” Ulmer said. “He’s a very cerebral, intelligent young man. He works so hard, and I’m just happy to see his hard work

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Daniel’s Hoover named North-South All-Star

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter

CENTRAL — After a standout senior season and career at Daniel High School, Destiny Hoover will have the chance to represent the Lions one more time after she was selected for the North-South Girls’ All-Star Basketball game.

The game, which anually pits the best seniors from the upper and lower parts of the state against each other, will be

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Green Wave softball overcomes early deficit to top Seneca

EASLEY — Coming off the first district championship in school history, the Easley Green Wave softball team entered the 2023 season on a cold streak with five straight losses to end the preseason and a 3-1 loss to Seneca to open the regular season.

Taking on the Bobcats again on Thursday, it seemed the Green Wave were going to falter again after falling behind 3-1 in the top of the third.

Instead, the Green Wave found their groove in the batter’s box, scoring five runs in the third and fourth

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Courier Obituaries 3-15-23


EASLEY — Franklin Roosevelt Catron, 89 husband of Patricia Russell, passed away on Thursday, March 2, 2023.

Mr. Catron was born on Aug. 22, 1933, in Grundy, Va., to the late John W. and Hattie Catron. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War.

In addition to his loving wife of 25 years, Mr. Catron is survived by three stepsons, Kessler “KJ” Russell of Richlands, Va., James Russell (Kathryn) of Easley and Joe Russell of Bristol, Va.; five grandchildren, Travis Russell, Amber Brown, Aaron Russell, Houston Huggins III and Chase Russell; and two great-grandchildren, Annley Brown and Gray Russell.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, John W. Catron, Bruce Catron and Bice Catron; and one sister, Pearl McCay.

Palmetto Cremation Service is handling arrangements.








James “Jay” Worth Pence Jr., 93, a community leader and volunteer for many organizations in the Upstate, died on Thursday, March 2, 2023, at his home in Pickens.

Dr. Pence was born on Dec. 10, 1929, in Staunton, Va. His mother, Louise Whissen Pence, was a high school teacher, and his father, James Worth Pence, was a headmaster at Staunton Military Academy. Dr. Pence attended Davidson College and graduated from the University of Virginia, where he was Phi Beta Kappa and a top debater. He received masters and doctoral degrees at Cornell University.

He was a faculty member at Virginia Military Institute from 1956 to 1966.

In 1966, he joined the faculty at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where he led the effort to create the Speech Communications Department, serving as the initial interim department chair. He retired as a full professor in 1994.

After Dr. Pence’s retirement, he and his wife, Dorothy, moved to Mrs. Pence’s family home in Pickens and together

Kidsfest 2023 planned Saturday at Hagood Mill

PICKENS — KidsFest is a cherished collaboration between two beloved Pickens County nonprofits — the Hagood Mill Historic Site and the Young Appalachian Musicians.

The annual event is set for this Saturday, March 18, at Hagood Mill Historic Site, promising a fun-filled day featuring performances from all the participating YAMs

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Bagwell receives Quilt of Valor

On Sunday, Feb. 12, James Alvin Bagwell was honored for his military service in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam era by the Pickens-Oconee Quilt of Valor Committee. Bagwell was the honoree in a patriotic service during the worship hour of his home church, Shady Grove Baptist, where the pastor is Rev. Joe Pace. The Quilt of Valor team is led by Ronny and Linda Hall and Nancy Porter. Pictured, from left, are Alvin Bagwell, Linda Hall (behind quilt), Nancy Porter and Ronny Hall.

Courier Community Calendar 3-15-23

• Veterans invited to American Legion

Veterans in the Liberty area are invited to the next meeting of American Legion Post 67 in Liberty.
The Legion meets on the third Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Scout Hut, circle off North Palmetto Street. All veterans are invited.

• Craft Supply Swap Meet is March 18

That thing taking up space in your craft closet might be just what another crafter is looking for. Bring your unwanted craft supplies to the Captain Kimberly

Scones for morning, noon and night

Courier Comics, Puzzles and Games 3-15-23