Category Archives: Community

Liberty school has 76 students quarantined

COUNTY — More than 10 percent of the students at Liberty Primary School were quarantined as a precaution to prevent the spread of COVID-19 last week, according to the School District of Pickens County.

In its weekly update, the district said five staff members and 76 students at the school were quarantined, though only one staff member and one student tested positive for the virus, with one of those attending school.

According to its website, Liberty Primary has an enrollment of

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Easley’s Safe Industries sponsors 9/11 stair climb

GREENVILLE — More than $10,000 was raised overall for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) during the Greenville City 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb sponsored by Safe Industries in Easley.

The event was a way to honor and remember FDNY first responders who selflessly gave their lives on Sept. 11, 2001.

The stair climb saw participants climb the equivalent of the 110 stories of the World Trade Center.

Through firefighter and community

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Robinson reaches century mark

The daughters of Edward (Rat) Robinson would like to wish their father a happy 100th birthday on Oct. 19, 2020. Mr. Robinson was born and raised in Easley. He was married to the late Thelma Morgan Robinson. He served in the Navy during World War II. He is a longtime member of the Easley Union Missionary Baptist Church. Mr. Robinson has three daughters, six grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren. Many still live in the Easley area.


Music programs take on challenge

COUNTY — The Young Appalachian Musician evening music programs are a vital part of preserving our southern Appalachian music.

They provide the camaraderie, a sense of belonging to a unique group of individuals, a bridge between the generations and the introduction or perpetuation of the love of old-

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Quilt of Valor awarded to Bob Nash

By By Lynda Abegg

For the Courier

CENTRAL — The Fort Prince George Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) awarded the Quilt of Valor to Robert Nash, Ph.D., for his military service.

The ceremony was held outdoors on the Nash porch, with chapter regent Carolyn Nations presiding, and seven members present, all properly masked. The registered Quilt of Valor was machine-sewn

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Pickens High’s Trouten wins Young Miss Teen Upstate title

PICKENS — Elisabeth “Beth” Trouten of Easley won the LMSC Young Miss Teen Upstate title on Sept. 12 at Walhalla Middle School.

Trouten is the daughter of Jennifer Mason and Daniel Trouten. She is a 14-year-old freshman at Pickens High School, where she is a member of the Pickens High School “Rockstars” Marching Band. She is a member of the Color Guard team and also plays the oboe in the concert band.

The Little Miss South Carolina (LMSC) Pageant is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. It is one of South Carolina’s oldest pageant systems for children

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Liberty native releases new book

LIBERTY — Local author Darrell G. Yardley, Ph.D., LPC, has just published his new book, “The Guru on the Mountain: Chiggers, Lizards & Desert Heat: My Vision Quest to Discover the Source of Spirit.”

If you have never been on a vision quest — or even if you have — you may want to join Yardley on his four-day journey in the Chihuahuan Desert in Texas. On a

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SWU announces D. Clifton Wood Master of Science in Counseling Psychology degree

CENTRAL ­— Southern Wesleyan University will offer a new graduate counseling degree in which students will receive essential academic and clinical training with a Christian worldview and biblical perspective.

The fully-online degree program, scheduled to launch in January 2021, is named in honor of alumnus and retired professional counselor Dr. D. Clifton Wood, who provided the lead gift and is recognized for his

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Clemson researcher working to create much faster COVID-19 test

By Frances Parrish
Clemson University

CLEMSON — Clemson University scientist Feng Ding is working to develop a quick detection test for COVID-19 with funding from a one-year National Science Foundation RAPID grant.

Ding said that current COVID-19 tests require samples to be sent to a lab with a potential waiting period of days before patients get back their results. Ding is hoping this $190,065 grant and his work with Pengyu Chen, a Clemson alumnus and now an assistant professor at Auburn University in Alabama, will change the turnaround rate for COVID-19 testing.

“The idea with this test is to detect traces of the virus protein with highly sensitive sensors enabled by

CU study shows parental balancing act during pandemic

CLEMSON — Working parents with school-age children, so far, seem to be balancing career obligations with their added parental responsibilities brought on by COVID-19, according to a study conducted by researchers in the College of Business at Clemson University.

The study’s general conclusion: There was little difference in work hours between working parents tending to younger children and those who were not caring for youngsters. It also suggested parents with young children were more likely to be working than those who didn’t have childcare responsibilities.

Scott Barkowski, assistant professor in the John E. Walker Department of Economics, said the inspiration for