Category Archives: Community

Golf tournament set to benefit Lakes and Bridges Charter School

EASLEY — Lakes & Bridges Charter School’s second annual fundraising golf tournament is set for Monday, Oct. 18.

The captain’s choice tournament will be held at Southern Oaks Golf Club, located at 105 Southern Oaks Drive in Easley. Check-in will begin at 1 p.m., with play set to get underway with a 2 p.m. shotgun start.

The cost for the tournament will be $400 per team and will include green fees, carts, catering and a gift bag.

Entry forms and fees must be submitted by Monday, Oct. 11.

For more information about playing in the tournament or sponsorship opportunities, contact Debbie Vaughn at (843) 343-7458 or

Courier Community Calendar 10-6-21

•Rummage and bake sale this weekend

Dacusville United Methodist Church, located at 1339 Thomas Mill Road in Easley, will host a huge rummage and bake sale this Friday and Saturday, Oct. 8-9, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. There will be a hot dog sale on Saturday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The sale will happen rain or shine. Masks and social distancing are recommended.

• Scent of Praise to hold event in Easley

Scent of Praise, a Christian music ministry, will be live at Midtown Music in the Easley Fine Arts Center on South

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Local students earn gold stars for spring 2021 at The Citadel

CHARLESTON — Gold stars were awarded to cadets and students at The Citadel who achieved a 3.7 grade point average or higher in the spring 2021 semester, including several from Pickens County.

Cadets and students who achieve gold star

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Soapstone ending monthly fish frys

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

PICKENS — A longstanding fundraiser that offers diners delicious food and stunning views will come to an end next month.

Monthly fish fry meals headed up by Mable Owens Clarke have been used to support Soapstone Baptist Church, a church founded by freed slaves in the Liberia community of northern Pickens County.

Last week, Clarke announced that the September and October events will be the last two fish frys.

“For 22 years, Soapstone Baptist Church has held a monthly fish fry for the community and folks who journeyed from far

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DAR, SAR honor Capt. Joseph Chapman

By Ann Warmuth
Special to the Courier

PICKENS — What began as a grave marking ceremony by the Chapman and Hagood families to honor Revolutionary War patriot Capt. Joseph Chapman quickly swelled to more than 170 people, with descendants coming from South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Florida and even Seattle, Wash.

According to the calculations of Chapman’s fifth great-grandson, Ron Chapman, after nine generations, there are more than 1.5 million descendants of Joseph and Mary Chapman, and many of those descendants attended the ceremony. Elizabeth Chapman, a North Carolina Children of the American Revolution (NCCAR) member and one of Chapman’s direct descendants, brought

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PS&L’s Lauren Murphy announces retirement

PICKENS — Pickens Savings and Loan Association executive vice president Lauren Murphy recently announced that she is retiring.

Murphy began her banking career in her hometown of Spartanburg. During her 40-plus years in banking, Murphy has held roles in several areas, including marketing, lending and branch management. Since 2007, Murphy has overseen the loan department at Pickens Savings and Loan.

“Lauren exemplified the goals and values of Pickens Savings and Loan during her tenure,” PS&L president Rod Gettys said. “She not only helped individuals and families purchase houses, she also

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Kerr presented with Silver Beaver award

EASLEY — At the Boy Scouts of America Blue Ridge Council annual banquet Aug. 10, Scott Kerr was presented the Silver Beaver award. This is the highest award presented to a volunteer adult by a BSA council.

Kerr begin as a youth in scouting in North Canton, Ohio, and earned the Life Scout rank. He began his local involvement in 2014 when his son, Kyle, joined Cub Scouts. Kerr started as a Tiger Scout leader and eventually

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Community Calendar

  • Story Time Plus programs planned


Each month, Boxwood Manor, located in Pendleton, and Collins Ole Towne, located in Central, are sites for Story Time Plus programs and Homeschool Days. Story Time Plus runs 10-11:30 a.m. and is designed for ages 8 and under. Admission is $3 for each child age 5 or older, with a $10 household maximum. Homeschool Day runs from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and is designed for ages 6 through 14. Admission is $5 for ages 6 and over, with a $15 household maximum.


Homeschool Day schedule

Boxwood Manor (Pendleton) — Sept. 15 or 16 (Ecology), Oct. 20 or 21 (Basic Survival Skills), Nov. 17 or 18 (The Human Body), Dec. 15 or 16 (Science and

Who are they?

Officials at the Clayton Research Room at the Southern Wesleyan University Library have a collection of original pictures that they are attempting to identify. We at the Pickens County Courier thought our readers might be able to help. The two pictures include people from the Pickens County area. If you can identify any of these people, contact Mildred H. Brewer at or with the name and image number under the picture.

Delegation taking apps for Foster Care Board

PICKENS — The Pickens County Delegation Office is accepting applications for open seats on the Foster Care Review Board 13-A and First Steps Board until Sept. 14 at noon. Applications can be found on the Pickens County website,, under the Government/Delegation link and may be sent to

Applicants may call (864) 850-7070 if they have any questions.