Category Archives: Lifestyles

The Benefits of Play

State’s first-ever ‘Play Club’ brings exciting results, academic study finds

CENTRAL — Several years ago, Central Academy of the Arts transformed its school days with the first-ever “Play Club” in South Carolina in recognition that, “American kids are suffering from depression, anxiety and isolation at unprecedented rates, and research has traced much of that problem to a decrease in free, unstructured interaction

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Honoring America’s Heroes

Clemson welcomes Vietnam POWs for campus tour

CLEMSON —  People passing by Memorial Park at Clemson University one day last month might have seen what looked like a typical group of visitors getting a tour of the area directly across from Memorial Stadium.

A cluster of men, most flanked by their wives or other family members, followed as their tour guide walked them through the layered symbolism of the park, which was designed to honor Clemson alumni who have died

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Camp held for special needs students

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter

PICKENS — With the help of the Pickens High School cheerleading and girls’ basketball program, PHS hosted the inaugural Project Freedom camp for students with special needs in grades 6-12 on June 28.

According to event organizer Rikki Owens, Pickens schools had never hosted a camp for their special needs population. Owens, a special education teacher at Pickens Middle School, decided that needed to

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Celebrate America!

County July 4 events planned

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

COUNTY — Pickens County is celebrating Independence Day with a number of events this week and Monday.


Although it ran for more than a quarter of a century before the COVID-19 pandemic struck in 2020, the annual Clemsonfest is not returning this year, as officials announced earlier this year that the event was “officially done.”After years at the Y Beach in Clemson each July 3, the event had moved to the Spittoono site on Eighteen Mile Road in Central, a move that

End of an Era

How to make Father’s Day more enjoyable for Dad

Dad gets to be king of his castle at least one day during the year. Come mid-June, children near and far scramble for ideas to treat their fathers to a special day and award him with gifts for being a role model, provider and confidante. Father’s Day activities should be centered around Dad’s interests. With that in mind,

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Father’s Day – A History

On July 19, 1910, the governor of the U.S. state of Washington proclaimed the nation’s first “Father’s Day.” However, it was not until 1972, 58 years after President Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day official, that the day became a nationwide holiday in the United States.


The “Mother’s Day” we celebrate today has its origins in the peace-and-reconciliation campaigns of the post-Civil War era. During the 1860s, at the urging of activist Ann Reeves Jarvis, one divided West Virginia town celebrated “Mother’s Work Days” that brought together the mothers of Confederate and Union

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Clemson-led research team launch rockets into aurora borealis to study dynamics of energy exchange


CLEMSON — As the Northern Lights danced over Poker Flat Research Range near Fairbanks, Alaska, early one morning in April, a team of researchers led by Clemson University assistant professor of physics Stephen Kaeppler launched a sounding rocket into the colorful aerial display.

Three minutes later, the scientists launched a second rocket.

The researchers launched the rockets to study how energy behaves during an

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NSF grant boosts effort to better understand what controls space weather

CLEMSON — When you open a weather app on your phone or catch the latest forecast on the local television news, the information you receive affects several decisions you make that day — which clothes you will wear and what activities you will do.

Space has weather, too, and while its effects on daily life may not be as obvious, it can be just as impactful.

Space weather is activity on the Sun’s surface that ultimately affects the Earth and its atmosphere. Like tornadoes and severe thunderstorms, space weather can also be devastating. Extreme space weather impacts electric power grids, spacecraft, and satellites used for communication, global positioning systems and intelligence gathering.

Clemson University Department of Physics and Astronomy Associate Professor Xian Lu

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Reconciling racism & religion

By Dr. Thomas Cloer, Jr.
Special to The Courier

For Black History Month, we have focused on the award-winning book “Barracoon: The Story of the Last Black Cargo,” by African American author Zora Neale Hurston.

“Barracoon” is a Spanish word for “barracks.” A barracoon was the hellhole where captured Africans were kept until their voyage to a life of enslavement. This book is already considered a masterpiece of our American literature by many in the literary world. It won Book of the Year awards in 2018 from 14 different entities, such as Time, NPR, Barnes and Noble, Christian Science Monitor, New York Public Library and Amazon.

Although Hurston finished the manuscript in 1931, it was published in paperback by First Amistad Paperback Edition of HarperCollins Publishers in 2019. I wrote earlier about why it took so long for this masterpiece to be in print. The author finished her manuscript in 1931. Hurston interviewed and wrote direct dictation from the African Kossola of his growth to adulthood in Africa and his capture and voyage to Mobile Bay, Ala. Kossola gave memories ranging from his horrifying enslavement to his release from slavery into Jim Crow America.

Chapters I-XII in Barracoon are the words of Kossola, as Hurston wrote them in the 1920s. The dialect of Kossola was written so expertly by Hurston that it flows smoothly and eloquently in the book. Kossola learned a dialect of spoken English as an adult slave in Alabama. Hurston made many visits to Kossola’s little home in Alabama when Kossola was in his 80s. He would be the last former slave who had grown to adulthood in Africa and could give an eyewitness account. His memories

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