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Better-for-you family foods

If spending additional time in the comfort of your home has you rethinking the family menu and looking for new ways to enjoy nutritional meals, rest assured you can make better-for-you food choices without losing mouthwatering taste.

Easy, efficient at-home recipes like Thai Coconut Lime Freezer Chicken, Burrito Beef and Cauli Mac and Cheese can all be made in less than an hour while reducing the intake of carbs and unnecessary sugars. All are part of a balanced Atkins low-carb lifestyle, a long-term, healthy eating approach focused on high-fiber carbohydrates, optimal protein and healthy fats.

The eating approach, which is a more flexible version of the popular ketogenic diet, offers a balanced mix of foods containing fiber-rich and nutrient-dense carbohydrates while focusing on reduced levels of refined carbohydrates, added sugars and the “hidden sugar effect” – when carbohydrates convert to sugar when digested. You don’t see the sugar, but your body does.

Introducing your family to smarter food choices can also support your immunity. According to research published in “The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,” simply sub­stituting whole grains for refined grains has a modest effect on gut microbiota and immunity. Refined grains have had most of the fiber milled out of them, leaving a refined carbohydrate that impacts your body the way sugar would. Opt for whole grains to get the fiber you need, along with protein and healthy fats.

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July 4 events to look different this year

By Bru Nimmons

Staff Reporter

COUNTY — Independence Day is nearly here in Pickens County, but with the ever-present threat of COVID-19, community celebrations for the event will look very different this year.

Events will begin on July 3, with a celebration hosted by the town of Six Mile at Ponderosa Park. Unlike years past, there will be no food or entertainment, and it will be strictly a fireworks-only event.

Then, on July 4, Easley, Liberty and Pickens will all host events.

The city of Liberty will host its annual Love my Liberty Fourth of July celebration from 6-10 p.m. The event features the Emma KAPPS bike parade, free hot dogs and water, as well as activities for children, live music and a corn hole tournament. Barbecue and other food will be available for purchase, and fireworks will be shot off at nightfall. Social distancing is being

National retailers officially sign leases with Easley shopping center

EASLEY — Rise Partners announced last week that national retailers Five Below, HomeGoods, Ross Dress for Less and ULTA Beauty have signed leases for new stores at the Town N’ Country shopping center in Easley as part of the firm’s multimillion-dollar redevelopment and improvement of the property.

The four retailers — all new to Easley — will occupy newly created spaces at the former JCPenney building at Town N’ Country, which was acquired by Rise Partners in April 2019. Construction is scheduled to be complete this fall, with opening date announcements coming soon from each of the

Rogers scholarship golf tournament winners announced

PICKENS — Twelve teams participated in the 16th annual Charles F. Rogers Scholarship Award Golf Tournament at Southern Oaks Golf Club on June 20.

The event, which is held annually, raised money for scholarships that will be awarded to Pickens High School basketball team members who plan to further their education. A senior from the varsity girls’ team and a senior from the varsity boys’ team will receive the scholarship awards in a few weeks.

This will be the 17th year the scholarship has been presented in honor of the late Charles Rogers, a man who gave so much to Pickens High

An in-depth look at of one of the world’s great wonders

By Dr. Thomas Cloer, Jr.

Special to The Courier

I have always been interested in caves. I have tried to psychoanalyze myself to understand why.

I think Mark Twain had an early effect on me. I do remember vividly the writings of Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) about Tom Sawyer and Becky Thatcher. Becky was Tom Sawyer’s sweetheart. They were on a ferry boat ride that stopped to visit McDougal’s Cave in the novel, “The Adventures

Burkett named May’s Pinnacle Performer

COUNTY — Dale Burkett of the Pickens County vehicle maintenance department was recently named the Pickens County Pinnacle Performer for May 2020.

Burkett came to work for Pickens County as a mechanic II in 2001. He was promoted in 2016 to auto paint and body specialist, the position he holds today.

“Dale’s commitment to his job and the county is impeccable,” said county Emergency Services chief Kevin McClain, who nominated Burkett. “The job that Dale performs for the county saves the taxpayers thousands of dollars each year.”

McClain said that not only is Burkett’s skill level above average, but that he always has a great attitude and shows a willingness to help others.

Vehicle maintenance director Toney Chastain, who is Burkett’s supervisor, said “he is one of those unique employees that all managers long to have.”

He said Burkett shows up ready to work earlier than he’s scheduled so that he can open the shop and get it ready for the day.

“You never hear a complaint or negative comment from him, and his work ethic and attention to detail are second-to-none,” Chastain said. “He is in a position that is most often overlooked, but without him, our fleet of vehicles would not look as good as they always do. He has played a part in keeping all of the vehicles in service for the county. Whether it’s installing all of the decals on the sheriff’s office’s vehicles or repairing wreck-damaged vehicles, or completely repainting a vehicle or piece of equipment, he goes above and beyond to try to find the most cost-effective solutions when performing the body and paint repairs on our fleet of vehicles. I was glad to see Dale win the Pinnacle award. It is well deserved, and it was good to see him be recognized for the outstanding job he does for the county. He is truly an asset to us all.”

Pickens County Pinnacle Performers is a peer-to-peer recognition program that is designed to reward those who go above and beyond in their jobs. Some of the traits of a Pinnacle Performer include dedication and commitment to fulfilling their job responsibilities, good customer service, having a helpful and positive attitude and demonstrating initiative to save taxpayers money. One employee is selected each month. At the end of the year, one of the 12 recipients of the monthly award will be named Pinnacle Performer of the Year.

Pickens County also congratulated the following employees for being nominated for possessing the traits of a Pinnacle Performer: Samantha Greer — assessor’s office, Paula Wagler — assessor’s office., Anthony Raines — Sheriff’s Office, Melissa Rice — Pickens County Library System, and Harold Young — building maintenance.


Now open in Pickens

Deep and Twisted Roots Bar and Grill held its formal grand opening and ribbon-cutting on Saturday, June 12. The new restaurant, located at 304 Ann St. in Pickens, offers a delicious selection of Cajun, soul, seafood and barbecue dishes. Pictured, Pickens Mayor Fletcher Perry celebrates with owners Johnny Ferguson, Katrina Ferguson and Rodney Derossett during the event. To place an order or get more information, call (864) 507-2002.


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CU football players lead peaceful protest

By Eric Sprott

Courtesy The Journal

CLEMSON — On Saturday evening, approximately 3,000 people — nearly all of them dressed in black — gathered on Bowman Field and later took to the streets in the name of change.

For Darien Rencher — one of four members of the Clemson football team who helped organize the Clemson Community Peaceful Demonstration — the moment overwhelmed him when he