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State grant to fund Table Rock pull-off

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — Plans are in the works to make photographing Table Rock safer.

The popular picture-taking spot in front of Table Rock on S.C. Highway 11 is known as the Grant Meadow overlook, county administrator Ken Roper told county council members during their November meeting.

“The most photographed natural feature in the state of South Carolina, it’s right here in Pickens

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SDPC gets $845K technology grant

By Greg Oliver

Courtesy The Journal

goliver@upstatetoday.com

EASLEY — The School District of Pickens County’s effort to improve distance learning technology in schools recently received a huge boost through a federal grant totaling more than $845,000.

The grant will allow 83 Clear Touch distance learning packages to be installed throughout the elementary schools in Pickens County, along with 13 Cisco Webex room kits and 11 room kit minis for the middle and high schools. The packages combine large touchscreens with video conferencing technology to allow students

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Rec funds to help improve Bruce Field

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — Pickens officials are closer to meeting a goal of having the Doodle Trail extend to the Bruce Field complex, thanks to county recreation funds.

On Friday, County Councilman Wes Hendricks presented city officials with a check for $99,720.54 to fund enhancements at the field.

Hendricks said the project is an ideal use for recreation funds.

“That’s what it’s supposed to go for,” he said. “Having come through the system here, I know what it

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Six Mile Feast-O-Plenty this weekend

SIX MILE — Six Mile Baptist Church will host its 13th annual “Feast-O-Plenty” this Saturday, Nov. 21, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Last year, approximately 200 people joined the church for the dinner, and this year organizers are hoping to share with even more.

The meal will be served “to-go” fashion at the Roper Building, located at 150 N. Main St. in Six Mile. The event is a free Thanksgiving meal for anyone living in and around the town of Six Mile.

A traditional holiday meal of turkey, dressing and gravy, vegetables, cranberry sauce and desserts will be served “to-go” only.

Anyone wishing to receive to-go meals simply needs to go to the Roper Building and provide the number of meals requested, and meals will be provided free of charge.

The meal is being sponsored by Six Mile Baptist Church and through generous gifts by people in the community, as an outreach caring for the people in the area.

Anyone from the community who would like to volunteer to help with the meal may call 868-2392 or 506-0410. If you have any questions about the meal, call Pastor Ray Longenecker of Six Mile Baptist Church at 506-0410.

 

Courier Comics 11-28-20

Durrah picks up first career victory to close season

By Eugene Jolley
Courier Sports

news@thepccourier.com

SENECA — Easley coach Jordan Durrah won’t likely forget his first win as a head coach on Friday night.

The Green Wave (1-7) tallied season highs in points and total offense in rolling Seneca 44-14.

“First of all, I’m just proud of these seniors,” Durrah said. “I’m proud of the seniors for continuing to lead and for doing things the right way throughout the adversity and throughout the losing and end the season on a high note.”

It was the Easley’s best performance all season. Defensively, the Green Wave gave up their fewest points of the season, picking off two passes and

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Soapstone Church pays off mortgage

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — A crowd gathered at Soapstone Baptist Church Saturday afternoon to celebrate the history — and the future — of the church founded by freed slaves.

An effort to raise $50,000 to pay off the church’s mortgage hit its goal earlier this year, and church members celebrated by burning the mortgage on the large soapstone rock that gives the church its name.

“To God be the glory,” Mable Owens Clarke said. “I can hear Table Rock ringing bells. I can hear

Caesar’s Head ringing bells — and what the those bells ringing are saying is ’To God be the glory.’”

The church has been part of Clarke’s entire life. Her

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Pickens girls’ ‘incredible’ season comes to end in state title match

COLUMBIA — Pickens High School volleyball coach Rikki Owens said the Lady Blue Flame’s loss in last week’s state title match could not tarnish the luster of an “incredible” season.

“Losing the state championship to another excellent team does not define the incredible and memorable season we had,” Owens said. “We are extremely proud and grateful for our journey, successes and growth together as a team. Not everyone can say they have made it to the final stage four years in a row, battling through such a tough 4A region with other fiercely competitive teams. We earned every game and fought until the very end, and that shows true character and grit! I am blessed to share my passion with such incredible young women. What a special, special

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Courier Comics 11-11-20

CU mechanical engineering graduate looks to make a difference with Fulbright award

CLEMSON — McKinnon Reece knows engineers tend to make better-than-average salaries, but when the recent Clemson University graduate thinks about what he might be doing a decade from now, he has bigger things on his mind.

“Long term, I want to be able to make a difference in the world,” he said.

Reece plans to head to Taiwan in January to teach English and STEM to elementary- and middle-school children with the help of a grant through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. He expects to remain abroad for

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