Monthly Archives: November 2023

Let there be light!

D.W. Daniel Lions are State Championship bound.

Late BHP fumble secures Daniels’ third state championship appearance in four years. Lions survives BHP 28-23 to earn state championship berth. Daniel to face familiar foe in Camden. Clemson defense demolishes South Carolina.

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Clemson officer honored for service

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

PICKENS – A City of Clemson police officer was recognized Tuesday for his law enforcement service and his service to the community.

Detective Chris “PT” Chancellor received the Billy Wilkins Award at a

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Man accused of exploiting minors

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

CENTRAL — A Central man faces multiple charges connected to the sexual exploitation of minors, according to South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson.

Christopher Jon Carman, 50, was arrested on Nov. 11, Wilson said in a release issued Nov. 20.

Wilson said investigators received a CyberTipline report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited

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Children (NCMEC), which led them to Carman.

Investigators allege Carmen possessed files of child sexual abuse material, or CSAM, he said.

CSAM is a more accurate reflection of the material involved in “these heinous and abusive crimes,” Wilson said.

The term “pornography” can imply the child was a consenting participant, so CSAM is replacing the term “child pornography” globally for this reason, he said.

Carman is charged with seven counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, a felony offense punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment on each count, Wilson said.

Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigators with the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office made the arrest, he said.

Wilson said investigators from his office, which is also a member of the state’s ICAC Task Force, assisted with the investigation.

Wilson’s office will prosecute the case, he said.

All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until they are proven guilty in a court of law, Wilson said.


Websites helping county tackle issues

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

COUNTY — Technology is helping Pickens County address issues such as recycling and roads that need attention.

During his report to county council at its Nov. 6 meeting, county administrator Ken Roper touched on several initiatives.

“One of the goals council gave staff this year was to come up with new metrics, new ways of measuring

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County Christmas parades start this week

COUNTY — With Christmas just around the corner, municipalities throughout the county are getting into the holiday spirit with their annual Christmas parades and celebrations.

First up, will be the city of Pickens as it prepares to host the 2023 Pickens Christmas Parade on Dec. 1. The parade will be held starting at 7 p.m., on Main Street in

Loving God is knowing His will and doing it

Most of us have heard the 1969 song, “More Today than Yesterday” by the band Spiral Staircase. The chorus says, “I love you more today than yesterday, but not as much as tomorrow.” I had not heard it for a while, but I’m sensitive to music and often a song will trigger my emotions and then I start asking the Lord about what is the hidden message within the music. It’s a catchy tune that has a happy

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Courier Letters to the Editor 11-29-23

Need for EMS stations

Dear Editor,

There are 9 EMS stations in Pickens County – 3 in Easley, 1 in Dacusville, Pickens, Holly Springs, Liberty, Central and Six Mile. Easley by far has the highest call volume. Often times when Easley’s 3 ambulances are out on calls or stuck in Greenville waiting for a bed to open up at the hospital, the Dacusville unit has to run down to Easley as back-up. Or the Pickens ambulance has to shift over toward Easley, and in turn Holly Springs’ unit has to come down to Pickens to plug that hole.

Lo and behold there is a call on Highway 11, then the Holly Springs unit has to back track up to Highway 11 or the Vineyards or River Bluff. This shifting that often

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Courier Community Calendar 11-29-23

• Baha’is of Upstate to host public talk

The Baha’is of the Upstate will host a public talk and discussion on “The Oneness of Humanity, a Spiritual Reality” at the Central/Clemson Library at 105 Commons Way in Central on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 4 p.m. Dr. David Liebman, an occasional columnist in the Pickens County Courier, will be the speaker.

• 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

Wild turkey or bald eagle?

The first Thanksgiving was held in 1621 when 50 Pilgrims celebrated their first harvest in the New World with 90 Wampanoag natives. The celebration lasted three days. According to historical records, the feast consisted of deer, turkey, fish, and corn. Pumpkin pie is not listed but I feel sure they had some kind or pumpkin or, at least, a squash casserole.

This is a true and historic account that explains why we eat turkey on Thanksgiving and why the bald eagle was chosen

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