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Free rapid home COVID tests now available at state health departments, via US Postal Service

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

STATE — As the federal government rolls out its system to distribute millions of at-home rapid COVID-19 tests to residents around the country, the free tests are also now available at South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control public health departments statewide.

According to a DHEC release, the agency is distributing the first shipments of the at-home rapid COVID-19 antigen tests to increase access to timely testing

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Jocassee Gorges roads reopen after winter weather

COUNTY — Most year-round roads within the Jim Timmerman Natural Resources Area at Jocassee Gorges in northern Pickens County have been reopened by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR).

The year-round roads include Horsepasture Road from the Laurel Valley entrance on U.S. Highway 178 to Jumping Off Rock. Shooting-Tree Ridge Road, from

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Eggs are breakfast stars

By Olivia Fowler
For the Courier

Breakfast is one of my favorite meals.

The recipes featured here make something special out of breakfast with egg recipes that are delicious and don’t show up all the time.

Some of these might take a little more time than your ordinary breakfast fare, but there’s always the weekend.


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A winter wonderland is snow much fun!!!!

Community bands together in wake of Kentucky storms

By Rocky Nimmons

PICKENS — Following the devastating destruction of a recent outbreak of tornadoes in the state of Kentucky that left thousands with the terrible task of picking up the pieces, an area business owner and hundreds of community members stepped up to lend a helping hand.

Market at the Mill owner David Hosea, along with the staff at the market — located in the Hosea Industrial Park, the former site of the Singer/Ryobi plant in Pickens — took on the task of helping those in need.

Hosea, who owns multiple businesses in addition to the Market at the Mill, is based in Kentucky. Hosea said he was scheduled to be in Pickens for the annual employee Christmas party, but he told Hosea Industrial Park facility manager Barry Crawford he

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Local group collecting Valentines for seniors

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

PICKENS — A local nonprofit is asking for help to bring some winter cheer to area seniors.

Members of Warmth and Comfort for the Elderly Upstate SC use their crochet skills to provide warm items for nursing home patients, hospice groups, home health patients and elderly people who live at home and can’t afford them.

They also hold regular donation drives.

The group needs some extra time for February’s drive, so it’s getting an early start, CEO Tammy Ferguson said.

“We will be collecting Valentine cards and hearts for our elderly in health care facilities and our shut-ins,” she said. “These cards and hearts may be homemade or purchased.”

Items can be dropped at the Pickens YMCA, in Easley at Under the Carolina Moon, Taco Taco and Earth Works Unlimited and at Front Porch Fixins in Powdersville.

The cards and hearts are needed by Feb. 10, Ferguson said.

For more information about the group, email or call (864) 668-1021.

Learn more about the group at its Facebook page.


Daniel’s Fruster honored by Panthers

By Eric Sprott
Courtesy The Journal

CENTRAL — While reading from notes on his phone Friday morning, Daniel High School senior and star quarterback Trent Pearman got emotional in the midst of heaping praise on head football coach Jeff Fruster.

The praise and adulation flowed freely in the school’s gym with good reason — though Fruster wasn’t about to let his emotions start flowing too freely with his team, assistants and other well-wishers on hand.

During a surprise ceremony with team representatives on hand, the Carolina Panthers named

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Pickens County Meals on Wheels to host trivia, music and tacos Saturday

LIBERTY — Pickens County Meals on Wheels is set to host a night of trivia, live music and tacos on Saturday, Jan. 22.

There will be a taco bar set up from 6:30-7:30 p.m., and trivia will start shortly after 7 p.m. and continue between each live music set. There will be a live performance by Matthew Phillips, who is a singer-songwriter from Easley.

Phillips has been playing music in and around Upstate South Carolina for the past 10 years. With roots in blues, folk, country and R&B, there is something for

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Favorite desserts of the First Ladies

By Olivia Fowler
For the Courier

The angel food cake featured this week was always served at the White House for Eleanor Roosevelt’s birthday. It was also a favorite cake of Rachel Jackson.

Abigail and John Adams were frugal New Englanders who favored simple foods, and the Indian Pudding recipe was an old and treasured favorite of theirs.

Mary Todd Lincoln is reported to have constantly been trying to get Abraham to eat, as he often was so immersed in work he forgot to eat lunch and frequently settled for an apple or piece of cheese. This Courting Cake is said to have been one of his favorites.

Dolley Madison’s Layer Cake was often served at the White House. She was said to be a genial hostess and enjoyed entertaining.

I especially like the Angel Food Cake recipe and think it’s much better than what you can buy. Enjoy.