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Everyone has a role to play

On the afternoon of Dec. 10, Pickens County received an email from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) inviting our county to be part of a process known as Crisis Intercept Mapping for Suicide Prevention among Service Members, Veterans, and their Families (SMVF).

Pickens County was selected as one of 10 sites from across the country to participate in SAMHSA’s SMVF TA Center’s Crisis Intercept Mapping project this spring and is the first county in South Carolina to be chosen. This program requires a team lead to serve as

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Story of the squirrel sniper

I’ve written about our chipmunk problem. But I misled you, just as I myself was laboring under a misapprehension. That means I was wrong.
We’d been hearing gnawing overhead, and I was right to be concerned. Nothing bothers Fowler, but I was definitely bothered.

Last week, we had a pest removal company send a man to inspect our attic. That’s when we learned we had a family of squirrels comfortably housed up there. He found a hole in the boxing the size of a softball, and when he climbed up onto the roof and clapped his hands, several squirrels erupted from the boxing and raced across the roof, then straight down the side of the

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Courier Letter to the Editor 4-14-21

Memories of the C-119

Dear Editor,
The excellent article “The Hand of God” by Ron Barnett in the April 7 issue of the Courier about the C-119 Flying Boxcar crashing in Liberty in 1960 reminded me of my first association with the C-119.

I was 18 years old in Jump School in November 1956 at Ft. Bragg, N.C., with the 82nd Airborne Division. During Jump Week, I made five jumps from the C-119 in order to receive my silver

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It just wasn’t meant to be

She was a beautiful little brunette. Seven years old, with big brown eyes and a friendly expression. She probably weighed about 60 pounds. Her name was McKenzie, and she had a lot of energy.

And she was almost an exact copy of Boomer, our boxer bulldog.

She was in the backseat of a car parked at a rest stop in Tennessee between Knoxville and Nashville. Her owner was seated in the driver’s seat. His wife was approaching the car with a water bowl. The windows were cracked, as in rolled down a little bit to keep McKenzie from

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Faith is more than knowledge

Have you ever made plans to do something, but it did not work out? I’m sure that most of us have.

Disappointment is not a stranger, especially to those who are ambitious. There is no doubt the more a person tries to accomplish something, the more failures they will encounter. This does not mean that all the doors are locked forever, but included within the process of advancement,

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Vaccinated? COVID advice clear as mud

If you’re confused about COVID vaccine and when our lives are going to change for the better, you’re not alone.

We’re considered to be fully vaccinated once two weeks have passed after the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after the one-dose Johnson & Johnson.

What’s new is this, per the Centers for Disease Control and

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VA extends deadlines for life insurance applications

Nobody wants to think about it, but the need for life insurance is a fact of life. And now the cost of life insurance for veterans is dropping, opening the door for more of us to be able to afford it.

After separation, we’ve had 240 days to apply and hand over the initial premium to transfer from Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance to Veterans’ Group Life Insurance without having to

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The name above all names

Throughout history, no one has made a greater impact on this Earth than Jesus Christ, yet many still do not understand who he is. During Christmas, people around the world acknowledge his birth was more than 2,000 years ago, but actually he existed long before that.

As the Son of God, Jesus is the Alpha and Omega, which means he is from the beginning and has no end. This truth of him being infinite is beyond our comprehension, but nonetheless this spiritual reality places him in a unique category all by himself.

Jesus said in John chapter eight and verse 58, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, before Abraham

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A growing trash and litter issue

I was sworn in to the county council two months ago, and the growing trash and litter problem seems to be one of our biggest issues.
Ten years ago in Pickens County, the tonnage of waste was 36,784. Today, it is about 46,000. The litter on the roads has significantly increased and is an eyesore, too.

If we don’t get ahead of the things being stressed by population growth, like solid waste, roads, EMS, sewer and planning/codes, they’ll eat us up.

1. The landfill is full. The 2012 council had a plan for a new landfill — an agreement with MRR

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Ours not to reason why, ours but to do or die

Sometimes we take things on blind faith. That means we might be scared to death, but go ahead anyway.

There have been a few occasions when fear would have prevented me from doing something if there had been any choice, but because of the circumstances, going forward was the only choice.

It was late summer, and it was hot. We were horseback riding at Earls Ford in Oconee County with a group of friends and passed through woods and trees and across a river before heading up the mountain.

We rode single file along a narrow trail that overlooked a deep valley thick with ferns growing

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