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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

Local students named to Costal Carolina Dean’s List

CONWAY — More than 2,300 undergraduate students at Coastal Carolina University were named to the Dean’s List for the Spring 2020 semester, including several Pickens County natives.

From Easley are Cade Carter, an exercise and sport science major, LaRaven Carter, an interdisciplinary studies major, Luke Hill, a management major, James Kesler, an information technology major, Matthew Rodriguez, a communication major, and Devockius Tabron, a communication major.

From Central are Sha’nayia White, a sociology major, and Cameshia Williams, a political science major.


Dooley receives service to Sherman College award

PICKENS — Brian Dooley, D.C., A.C.P., of Pickens, recently received the Service to Sherman College Award from Sherman College of Chiropractic in appreciation of his contributions, time and commitment to growing the chiropractic profession. The Service to Sherman College Award is given to individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary, unselfish and noteworthy service to Sherman College.

Dr. Brian Dooley is a 2005 summa cum laude graduate of Sherman College and has been in private practice in Pickens, since 2007. In 2013, Dooley joined the faculty of Sherman College, where he has served in numerous capacities as an assistant floor doctor in the Health Center, faculty member, and currently as chair of the Business Education Department. Dooley also serves as the Master of Ceremonies for Sherman College’s

Courier Community Calendar 7-8-20

• Pickens Lions plan meetings each month

The Pickens Lions Club is in need of new members. The club meets the first and third Thursday of every month at Pizza Inn in Pickens. Dinner begins at 6:40 p.m., and the meeting starts at 7 p.m.

Meetings are open to anyone interested in joining the club or simply finding out more about the club and how it serves Pickens. The club will not meet the week of July 4. The next meeting is set for July 16.


Tom Mullikin receives two Senate resolutions

By W. Thomas Smith, Jr.

for the Courier

Less than a week before global expedition leader Tom Mullikin began the first leg of his month-long 500-mile trek across South Carolina, the chairman of the S.C. Floodwater Commission received two Senate resolutions: One for his forthcoming South Carolina Seven (SC7) expedition and the other for Mullikin himself, commending his career and life’s work overall.

Both resolutions were introduced and adopted on the floor of the Senate at the S.C. State House on Tuesday, June 23.

Sponsored by Sen. Thomas Alexander (District 1 – Oconee and Pickens counties), a portion of the first bill reads: “To commend and honor the S.C. Floodwater Commission and its partners for establishing the SC7 expedition and for facilitating its exploration of the seven wonders of South Carolina and its support and