Daily Archives: 11/14/2023

Country music hits a chord

Country music can trace its beginning to the early settlers and colonists, the Scottish, Irish and African settlers who gathered around campfires and played fiddles, banjos and harmonicas.

In the 1950s, country music transformed into honky-tonk with twangy guitars and songs that wrestled with the pain and joy of everyday life.

Country songs are toe-tapping, heartfelt and sometimes humorous, with lyrics that tell meaningful stories of love, loss and heartbreak. They record betrayal, lost loves, loose women, beer, bars, trucks and trains.

In 1969, Johnny Cash, dressed in black and wearing a classic black cowboy hat, released a record called “A Boy Named Sue.” It was a dark but humorous song about a boy whose father named him “Sue” to teach him to be tough, then the father skipped town. Of course, the boy is bullied because of his name and becomes a rather mean hoodlum type who spends his days searching for his father so he can kill him. The song was so popular that it won a Grammy.

One country song tells about a murder. In the 1999 hit “Goodbye, Earl” the Dixie Chicks tell the story of two friends, Mary Ann and Wanda, who plot the murder of Wanda’s abusive husband, Earl. The murder goes off without a hitch, which is OK because no one liked Earl anyway. The two friends open a successful roadside stand. It is a surprisingly lighthearted and fun song. While some people felt it cast a much-needed spotlight on the problem of domestic violence, others said it condoned murder, and several radio stations refused to play it. The music video won both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association Video of the Year awards in 2000.

“The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia” is a classic country song. Written by Bobby Russell in 1972, it was popularized by Vicki Lawrence. Reba McEntire’s iconic performance was released in 1992. This song tells a powerful story of love, lies, betrayal, heartbreak, murder, revenge and a wrongful conviction by cops and judges that resulted in the death of an innocent man — it’s an entire soap opera in just under four minutes.

Now that Halloween is over and all the stores are decorated for Christmas, holiday music is everywhere. Holiday music can make you happy or give you that “bah-humbug” feeling. One song that has become a holiday staple is a song recorded by Patsy & Elmo in 1979. The popular holiday song, “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer,” is one of those love-it or hate-it kind of things.

Randy Brooks wrote the song in 1977. The lyrics may seem a little gruesome at first, but it has a catchy tune. Brooks said he was tired of the sentimental classics and went to bed with his guitar and a bottle of scotch and wrote the song. It is rumored that “grandma” had left Brooks out of her will. His song tells the story of how grandma, who had a little too much egg nog, was walking home in the snow when she was run over by Santa’s reindeer.

The song is a safety warning and is meant to keep grandma safe during the holidays. Don’t wear strappy red high heels. Put on those black thick-soled shoes (even if they are ugly), because they will keep you from falling. Be sure to look both ways, and up, before crossing the street — and lay off the egg nog.



Lynda wears red strappy heels and drinks egg nog. She’s not a grandma yet. She can be reached at


Jesus did not call us to be a benchwarmer

I’ve watched Kentucky basketball since I was a kid and I admit that sometimes I do get a little carried away.

I was reading an article a few years ago and was intrigued by a comment from the father of one of the players, who by the way was a top 10 NBA draft pick. He was asked about the first time he recognized that his son was going to be a special player, and he explained that it had a lot to do with the way he held the ball even at an early age.

He went on to say his son’s body language revealed a deep bonding connection, a reverential respect and a level of love

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Courier Letters to the Editor 11-15-23

Upset about Performing Arts Center board mess

Dear Editor,

It was upsetting to read about the mess the PAC Foundation Board is in.

There needs to be an investigation of everyone involved in this scandal. I can’t believe our Pickens County Council has been so careless about so much money. What other departments or boards have the same problems, but no one is following up on how our tax money is being spent? Sounds to me like embezzlement has been going on.

I urge the appropriate officials to thoroughly investigate this and charge the guilty people.


Nancy Reece


Saitta speaks on troubles with PCPAF

Dear Editor,

The article last week about the Pickens County Performing Arts Foundation, provided a lot of new information Thank you. I praise the new foundation board for

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Courier Obituaries 11-15-23



EASLEY — Janet Chastain Bowen, 61, of Easley, passed away on Nov. 3, 2023.

Janet was born in Easley on Dec. 4, 1961, to William and Sara Chastain.

Janet worked as an ophthalmologist assistant for 25 years in Easley and Greenville. She loved watching Duke basketball and Clemson football, spending time in the Lowcountry and hanging out with her family and dogs. She was the best mother and wife her family could ever ask for. She was strong in her faith and she attended Thrive Church.

Janet was preceded in death by her brothers, Jim and William; her parents, William and Sara; and her niece, You must be logged in to view this content.

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Courier Classifieds 11-15-23


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Courier Trespass Notices 11-15-23

In the state of South Carolina, trespass after notice is a misdemeanor criminal offense prohibited by section 16-11-620 for the South Carolina Code.
Those who enter upon the lands of others without the permission of the owner or manager shall be deemed guilty of misdemeanor trespassing. All persons are hereby notified and warned not to hunt, fish, cut timber or trespass in any manner whatsoever upon the lands of the undersigned:

L.C. Russell Nov. 2023
Barry S. Durham Dec. 2023
James and Sheila Stansell Jan. 2024
Betty Haynes Jan. 2024
Dollie G. Morris Mar. 2024
Pamela Dodson April 2024
George Hannah May 2024
Murpree Farm LLC May 2024
Teresa Julian Tumbleston May 2024
Sarah and James Rampey June 2024
Greg and Rosemarie D’Ginto Sept. 2024
John Carter Lane Sept. 2024
Violet and Clarence Simmons Oct. 2024
Treadwell and Erica Zieigler Oct. 2024
Rocky Nimmons Nov. 2024
Susan P. Gilstrap and
Michael H. Pilgrim July 2025
John Hendricks July 2025

Courier Notice to Creditors 11-15-23

All persons having claims against the following estates MUST file their claims on Form #371ES with the Probate Court of PICKENS COUNTY, the address of which is 222 MCDANIEL AVE., B-16 PICKENS, SC 29671, within eight (8) months after the date of the first publication of this Notice to Creditors or within one (1) year from date of death, whichever is earlier (SCPC 62-3-801, et seq.), or such persons shall be forever barred as to their claims. All claims are required to be presented in written statements on the prescribed form (FORM #371ES) indicating the name and address of the claimant, the basis of the claim, the amount claimed, the date when the claim will become due, the nature of any uncertainty as to the claim, and a description of any security as to the claim.

Estate: Rene Jacques Clavier

Courier Legal Notices 11-15-23

Notice is hereby given that Tequilas Grill, LLC intends to apply to the South Carolina Department of Revenue for a license and/or permit that will allow the sale and ON premises consumption of BEER, WINE & LIQUOR at 5155 Calhoun Memorial Hwy., Ste Q, Easley, SC 29640. To object to the issuance of this license and/or permit, submit an ABL-20 protest form by Novemeber 17, 2023.

Nov. 1, 8, 15
Notice of Self Storage Sale

Please take notice USA Storage Centers – Clemson located at 981 S Mechanic St., Pendleton SC 29670 intends to hold a Auction of storage units in default of