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Do you remember where you were?

Do you remember where you were when you heard that  Elvis had died?

Hard to believe, but it was 45 years ago this week.

I was living in Macon, Ga., and it was my friend and musical collaborator Kevin Vannoy who gave me the news.

It was a hot day — Aug. 16, 1977 — a Tuesday, like this week.

I had just gotten back home after walking a couple of miles to the Kroger store to buy some cream cheese.

A bass player from Australia whose name I can’t remember had drifted into

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Courier Letters to the Editor 11-17-22

Clarity and call to action

Dear Editor,

The right questions will lead to clarity. With clarity often comes a call to action…

Question No. 1: What do $4 a gallon gas and the skyrocketing cost of groceries have in common? Answer: Both are the result of Democrat party policies.

Question No. 2: Why are millions of illegal aliens flooding across our southern border? Answer: It is the direct

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Lines of communication

The path to victory was never promised to be an easy one. It’s filled with faith blended with hard work, persistence and a passion to follow God’s directions.

What type of victory are you referring to? The only success and accomplishment that has eternal value is when we follow and accomplish God’s will. So, what is this? Well, there is His general will which includes His written word that is given to help us learn how to

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Getting ready for open enrollment

Before we know it, that yearly event will be here — when we have to decide what to do about our Medicare plans between Oct. 15 and Dec. 7 for coverage that will begin Jan. 1.

There are several things we have to consider, such as taking on a prescription drug plan or changing to a new one, or staying with original Medicare or going with an Advantage plan or changing

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He has a wonderful plan for you

God loves you. This deserves repeating … God loves you! Sometimes people feel that no one cares, but this is not true. Jesus proved how much He loved you when He gave His life for you. How much more can He do than to die and come back from the dead so that you can enjoy a relationship with Him and have eternal

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Courier Letters to the Editor

Considering Clemson council races

Dear Editor,

I read the last edition of the Pickens County Courier very closely. I liked the comprehensive coverage of Clemson elections. Clemson University is so big today it has changed the town to a city, and it is spilling into Central and starting to affect my town of Six Mile, too.

Reading the articles, I wondered who could best address all the problems the growing university is creating? Thecity council election has many qualified candidates. I was impressed by Lillian Boatwright wanting to hold the

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Another COVID winter

We’re in our third summer of the COVID pandemic and another winter is coming.

Think about that statement for a minute. Did any of us imagine, back in the summer of 2020, that the problems would still be with us in 2022? I for one was betting that once the vaccines started coming out, COVID would surely be vanquished. Oh, how wrong I was.

Many of us settled in during that first year of COVID isolation, missing

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Could it be PTSD?

Do you ever wonder if you possibly have PTSD? The Department of Veterans Affairs has created a very short PTSD screening webpage designed to see whether any symptoms you have could be related to post-traumatic stress disorder.

The screening test consists of five short questions. At the end you’ll click

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Unity is the means of healing our world

Unity is a much talked about ideal, and like many ideals, it may appear to be unrealistic or unattainable. But what is unity, and can it exist? Well, if we reflect a little, we can see that in fact, unity is everywhere around us.

From the smallest atoms to the largest stars, there is a oneness and wholeness, harmony and interconnectedness of everything in the universe operating with perfect order and precision. In fact, the word universe means “out of many, all things, turned into one whole.”

Unity, or oneness and wholeness, is the essential and fundamental characteristic of creation, because without it,

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Our character reflects the things we love

Most of us have heard that having lots of money cannot buy love or bring happiness. Since I’ve never been mega-wealthy, I will trust God on this one.

Most people are trying to build financial security, but it’s also common for those who succeed to encounter frustration and disappointment. Ecclesiastes 5:10-12 gives us this divine insight, “Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless. As goods increase, so do those who consume them, and what benefit are they to the owners except to feast their eyes on them? The

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