Daily Archives: 05/16/2023

Dogs of kings

The coronation did not disappoint. The pomp and circumstance was supplied by a full orchestra and glorious choirs. There were gold and crown jewels and princes and princesses — and the happily-ever-after-ending as the king and queen exited historic Westminster Abbey, whisked away in a golden coach pulled by six beautiful horses. It was straight out of a fairy tale. Everyone rejoiced. The King Charles spaniels, named after King Charles I, celebrated the newly crowned King Charles III by marching in a

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A divided heart lives in deception

I’m reminded again of the quote from Scott Fitzgerald, “You do not write because you want to say something; you write because you have something to say.”

I can relate to those who are called to express the burdens within their hearts and thankful for the opportunity to share mine. These freedoms may not always be with us, as the world is becoming aggressively opposed to God and His disciples. I write for several secular publications

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Courier Letters to the Editor 5-17-23

Leveling the playing field

Dear Editor,

I want to comment on the article “County council retains special library millage.”

The county administration recommended the library be taken off its very own millage or tax rate. The council, in a 4-2 vote, ignored that recommendation and chose to keep the library on its own tax rate.

I supported the administration. It is about fairness.  No one is looking to close any library, nor cut hours, nor cut their budget. In fact, their

Courier Obituaries 5-17-23


PICKENS — Johnny Parris, 63, passed away on Monday, May 8, 2023, at his home.

Born on Aug. 20, 1959, in Lancaster, Calif., Johnny was the son of the late Martin McCall and Priscilla Mae Waters Parris. Mr. Parris earned his Merchant Mariner Certificate and was employed by Edison Chouest Offshore and later Cornell Dubilier. He enjoyed riding his Harley, boating with friends on the lake and large gatherings with bonfires. He never thought twice about helping those he loved. He was loved and

Mountain Roots Herb Festival featuring Taste the Upcountry set for Hagood Mill

PICKENS — The Mountain Roots Herb Festival will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. this Saturday, May 20, at the Hagood Mill Historic Site.

This year, the festival will also feature a new component, Taste the Upcountry.

The Hagood Mill Historic Site will be active all day. Workshops including foraging, growing

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SHL opens 2nd location

On Saturday, May 6, Southern Home Liqudators owner Melisa Sedler was surrounded by family, friends and employees as she cut the ribbon at her new, larger second store in Pickens. The new store, located at 502 Ann St., will be open from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturdays. The business has new merchandise put out daily. During the festivities, Sedler named the store’s first-ever Employee of the Year award recipient, Charles Griffin, pictured at right, as general manager of the Ann Street location. Also on hand were Greater Pickens Chamber of Commerce ambassadors Lisa and John Neel of Keller Williams, Hugh Latimer of Foothills Community Health Care and Pickens City Councilwoman Lois Porter.

Member of the Month

Pickens Village Branch Library has been named the Greater Pickens Chamber of Commerce Member of the Month for May. Summer reading at the library starts June 5 and runs until July 28. Visit for more information about programs and the prizes children and adults can win. The library is at 124 N. Catherine St. in Pickens and is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  Pictured are Elizabeth Smith, Audrey Hyde and Margaret Holder.

Community Calendar 5-17-23

• Nix reunion set for June 4 at Northside

The descendants of Ulysses and Lou Annie Monroe Nix will gather for the annual Nix reunion early next month.
The reunion, set for Sunday, June 4, is set to be held at Northside Baptist Church, located at 421 Sangamo Road in Pickens. Lunch will be at 1

Recipes for easy, tasty brunch

Courier Comics. Puzzles and Games 5-17-23