Category Archives: Community

SWU announces changes to spring commencement

CENTRAL — Southern Wesleyan University has remained student-focused and open for business by temporarily converting all of its on-site classes to online and has now announced changes to graduation.
Due to concerns related to the COVID-19 outbreak and federal and state bans on larger groups meeting together, Southern Wesleyan University will be creating a variety of commencement opportunities for spring prospective graduates, including converting the already established May 8 graduation ceremony on its Central campus to a virtual event.
Southern Wesleyan University president Dr. Todd Voss said in a letter emailed to graduates, “I write

Sweeney earns Girl Scout Golden Award

EASLEY — Iona Sweeney of Easley recently completed her Girl Scout Gold award, “Going Green.”
Sweeney decided to tackle the issue of high carbon emissions in the air as well as the disconnect many people have about where and how their food is grown.  Sweeney planted an apple orchard for Happy Hooves Therapeutic Equestrian Center at Eden Farms in Marietta. Individuals with special needs as well as their therapy horses will be able to enjoy Honeycrisp, MacIntosh and Golden Delicious apples for years to come. Sweeney held a workshop where she taught 24 students who have special needs or are at-risk youth how to plant apple trees.
Ninety percent of the participants had never planted a tree before, but now have that knowledge and skill for the rest of their lives. Each student and their teachers also planted apple seeds in cups to take with

Hagood Mill to host Kidsfest and Spring Fling March 21

PICKENS — Kidsfest is a cherished collaboration between the Hagood Mill Historic Site and the Young Appalachian Musicians, two beloved Pickens County nonprofits.

The event is a fun-filled day featuring performances from all participating YAMs programs in Pickens County, in addition to some guest performers from neighboring Transylvania County in North Carolina.

In addition to the children sharing their musical prowess, there will be an old-fashioned talent show and traditional games and activities throughout the day. Activities include a kazoo workshop, a jug band jam, creek critters, archaeological adventures, old-timey clothes washing, rock painting and

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Courier Community Calendar 3-11-20

• Pickens Lions to hold info meeting

The Pickens Lions Club will be hosting an informal information meeting at 7 p.m.

Thursday, March 12, at Pizza Inn in Pickens. This will be a chance for fence sitters to learn about what the club does in the community and worldwide.

No obligation to join — just come, listen and ask questions.

Visit the club on Facebook or call Gennie Siwicki at (864) 507-3146 to get more information.

• Baha’is plan book talk about Abraham

The Pickens County Baha’is and Friends plan a book talk about “Abraham and His Legacy” at the

Driving them Glazy

You Drive Me Glazy Mini Gourmet Donuts opened its doors at 317 E. Main St. in Pickens on Saturday. Michael Hine and Bettina Koepke cut the ribbon on their ‘50s-style donut shop, serving warm donuts where customers pick their glaze, topping and drizzle. Close family friends Sandra De Alemar and John and Chloe Grier helped create the one-of-a-kind donuts while guests waited in anticipation. In attendance for the ribbon-cutting ceremony were Lisa Turnick, Jacquelyn Gamble, Liza Holder, Lisa Bryant and Donna Owens from the Greater Pickens Chamber of Commerce, city administrator David Poulson, acting county administrator Ken Roper, Lake Hartwell Country’s Anna Chastain and other Pickens residents.


Vet’s walk across SC to start Thursday

COUNTY — An Army veteran and three-time Purple Heart recipient will start a walk across South Carolina for awareness at the highest point in the state this week.

Greg Quarles’ journey will begin early Thursday morning at Sassafrass Mountain in Pickens County. Quarles’ walk

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Blue Ridge Fest raises record $238K for local charities

UPSTATE — Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative presented checks to four Pickens area charities from the 22nd annual Blue Ridge Fest.

Pickens County Meals on Wheels, The Dream Center of Pickens County, the Cancer Association of Pickens County and Feed a Hungry Child of Pickens County each received $17,000 from Blue Ridge Electric’s annual fundraising event.

Blue Ridge Fest attracted nearly 8,000 attendees and more than 400 classic cars from across the Southeast to benefit 12 local charities in the cooperative’s four-county service area.

Since the inception of Blue Ridge Fest more than two decades ago, the event has raised nearly $3 million for Upstate charitable organizations.

Easter sunrise

Hillcrest Memorial Park hosted its annual Easter Sunrise Service on Sunday. The many who attended were greeted by the sounds of the Secona Praise Team, followed by a message delivered by former Pickens High School principal Marion Lawson.


LMSC Teen Miss Pickens County plans meet and greet at The Scoop

Nevaeh Grace Woodson was recently crowned LMSC Teen Miss Pickens County and LMSC Sparkle City Sweetheart. She is a sophomore at Daniel High school and will be representing Pickens County at the LMSC Little Miss and Teen Miss South Carolina pageants in July. Woodson is planning a meet and greet from noon-2 p.m. April 28 at The Scoop in Six Mile.


‘Music in the Park’ continues April 28 as Ole #4 performs

LIBERTY — The 2019 Spring Music Series “Music In The Park” began April 6 and will continue every Saturday until June 29 (skipping May 18 for the Spring Festival).

The events are scheduled each Saturday from 6:30-9:30 p.m. in Sarlin Park off South Commerce Street downtown.

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