Daily Archives: 09/05/2023

Financial coaching program changed local family’s lives

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

COUNTY — Liberty resident Christina Steward and her family are on a new path, thanks to a program launched by United Way of Pickens County during the height of the pandemic.

Steward discussed her experience with the Pathways program, at United Way of Pickens County’s 2023 Annual Meeting, held Thursday in

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Pickens host cross country meet

By Bru Nimmons
Sports Editor

PICKENS — Pickens High School hosted its first cross country meet of the season last week competing against Liberty, Powdersville and Green Upstate High School of Spartanburg.

The Blue Flame had strong finishes in both boys and girls competition with the Blue Flame girls taking first place and the Pickens boys finishing in second place behind Powdersville.

From the first place girls team, eighth grader Ella Tetor stole the show taking first in the girls 5000 meter run with a time of 21:26.19.

Junior Ella Harned (third, 22:21.62), sophomore Lilly Kutilek (sixth, 24:06.69), eighth grader Allie Kutilek (seventh, 24:21.35), junior Emma Grace Kutilek (eighth, 24:31.85) and senior Sophia Kruse (10th, 25:05.87) all finished in the top 10 for the Pickens girls

On the boys side, sophomore Adam Ellis (fourth, 18:27.77), senior Jeremy Sisco (fifth, 18:33.01) and sophomore Liam McCall (eighth, 18:43.80) all finished in the top 10.

Pickens County’s other representative at the meet, the Liberty High School boys, had a great showing from its top runners but still finished in third behind Pickens. The Red Devil girls did not compete in the event.

Liberty senior Isaac Esuary took first place in the boys 5000 meter run with a time of 17:40.67, while sophomore teammate Reid Finley finished in second with a time 17:40.96.

The two Pickens County teams will compete against each other in the Pickens County Cross Country championship on Sept. 30.

Pickens High School is set to host the county championship.

Writing the next big hit

I’m working on a new song, y’all, and I’m sure it’s gonna be a big hit!

It’s called “Dang Crooks South of Baltimore.”

Yep. I’m gonna sang about ever grievance anybody in America ever had and blame it all on them dang crooks in Washington.

And I’m gonna work it so that no matter which side of the fence you’re on, you’ll think I’m

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Jesus loves the little children

Last week we talked about how desperately we need to reach all children for Christ, and I still have much to say on the matter.

God loves the little children and always made it a point to spend quality with them. Why? Because He knew that when a child learns about God and the eternal truth is planted deep within their hearts, it will always be there. One of the passages about that promise is found in

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Courier Letters to the Editor 9-6-23

The effects of alcohol

Dear Editor,

Serving of alcohol has changed immensely. It used to be that the places that served alcohol were known as beer joints, on the outskirts of town, hidden away. Now every restaurant from one side of town to the other is serving alcohol. Every grocery store, handy mart and gas station sells alcohol, making it easy to purchase.

The alarming use of alcohol has cost the U.S. $249 billion per year. Alcohol can make you a fool, destroying homes, marriage and the family

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Courier Obituaries 9-6-23


LIBERTY — Randall James Spivey, a loving husband, father, brother and friend, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, Aug. 25, 2023, at the age of 61.

Born on Oct. 4, 1961, in his hometown of Liberty, he was the son of the late Oren and Edna Spivey. Randall touched the hearts of many during his time with us.

Randall will be forever remembered as a hardworking and diligent individual. He obtained his high school diploma and pursued a career in

Clemson Rotary awards $21,500 in grants

CLEMSON — The Rotary Club of Clemson Foundation is delighted to announce the distribution of $21,500 in grants to ten exceptional local organizations that tirelessly work to enhance our community’s well-being. These grants, a testament to the Rotary Club’s commitment to

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Grand opening in Pickens

Dr. Jennie Gettys cut the ribbon at her new practice – Pickens Chiropractic located at 108 West Main Street, Pickens. Dr. Gettys is available Monday and Thursday from 11-6 and Tuesday and Wednesday from 11-2. She offers Chiropractic Care, Pain Management & Fat Loss Laser Treatments. Massage Therapy is available Tuesday and Thursdays. Call 864-551-8013 for additional information and to make an appointment. 

Easley NJROTC Cadets attend Summer Leadership Training

EASLEY — Easley High School Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) cadets attended leadership training over this past summer to prepare them for leadership positions in the upcoming school year. Two venues were available for cadets to attend, NJROTC Area Six Leadership Academy held June 25th through the 1st of July at the Citadel and Midlands Basic Leadership Training Camp held July 9th

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‘Cry for Revival’ event set for area churches

COUNTY – Rev. Isaiah Scipio of Zion Baptist in Seneca will be speaking at Mount Bethel United Methodist Church and Porter’s ChapelUnited Methodist Church in September for “A Cry for Revival” events.

The first event will be September 17 starting at 7 p.m. at Mount Bethel United Methodist Church located at 152 Mount Bethel Church Road in Sunset.

The next event will be on September 18, beginning at 7 p.m. at Porter’s Chapel United Methodist Church located at 152 E. Preston McDaniel Rd. in Pickens.  Both churches are Pastored by Revs. Joe and Brenda Durham.

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.