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Knowing God unites us

The opportunity to know God is the greatest invitation that has ever been given in the history of mankind. For those who have a passion to learn about Him and serve Him, we will never be able to tell Him enough how much we love and appreciate His love, grace and endless mercy.

There are supposedly more than 2 billion people on our planet who claim to be associated with the Christian faith, and you would think that every person within this family would be united in their love for God and one another. Sadly, this is not the case. When we study religious history and see the numerous groups that aggressively oppose each other, it leaves us with many

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Dacusville Middle School delivering excellence

Last week I said I was going to hang up my old education reporter hat for a while, after straining my brain on the national test scores that had just been released.

But I couldn’t do it.

Once the bug bit me, I couldn’t let it go without making sense of something else I noticed that seemed to stand out.

See if you can figure out what was gnawing at me, from this multiple choice question:

Out of these four schools, pick the one that is different: Clemson Elementary School, R.C.

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South Carolina students making the grade?

I might regret this by the time I’m done, but I’m going to dust off my old education reporter’s hat and take a dive into the test results that came out last week from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

Why would I want to undertake such a torturous, boring-sounding endeavor?

Because I think it’s important. I’ll try to not make it boring.

This test, also called “the Nation’s Report Card” — not to be confused with the School Report

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Courier Letters to the Editor 11-2-22

White issues response to Twitter story

Dear Editor,

I want to respond to the article last week that implied I wrote some derogatory posts on Twitter last year. As I said in the article, I did not write those posts.

Two years ago, a friend and I created an account on Twitter that we both shared access to. It was a political opinion page, and I contributed to it early on. I left the page and Twitter all together shortly thereafter. (Anyone following my campaign knows I use Facebook or Nextdoor

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God’s authority rewards faith and obedience

Dedicating our heart to God will be our most important decision. Individuals who devote their lives to Christ are aware of what is at stake and embrace the burden of praying for the lost and testifying about God’s love.

For those who rarely venture out beyond the safety of the church and spend the majority of their time within the comforts of private isolation, it’s common to forget how far the world has fallen away from the reverential fear of God, especially in the last few years. We should not be

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3 benefits to think about as you pick a Medicare plan

The Medicare Annual Election Period begins on Oct. 15, and nearly 22,500 individuals in Pickens County are ages 65 or older and may be eligible to select a health care plan for 2023.

From Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, people eligible for Medicare can review plans to find the best one for their health needs, as well as their wallets. Although it may seem intimidating, it is important that eligible individuals start by identifying their top priorities — like convenience or quality of

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You can be a BOAT, too

Look! Up in the sky!

It’s a bird! It’s a plane!

It’s a BOAT!

No, not the kind that floats. I’m talking about a thing that astronomers are calling the BOAT — the Brightest Of All Time — a cosmic explosion that slammed into our planet on Sunday, Oct. 9.

Did you feel it?

Don’t feel bad. I didn’t see or hear or feel it either. I didn’t know anything about it until I saw the story online at Ars Technica.

But it was, and still is, a BIG DEAL.

It’s not every day that an explosion of this magnitude occurs. In fact, astronomers estimate that

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Ignoring God does not lessen the need for Him

Within the Christian faith, we are taught that every person will someday stand before God and have a discussion about how they lived. A few will argue, give excuses, try to justify and attempt to present their case before the infinite judge and authority of all things.

Many scoff and doubt about not being responsible for the way they live, but for the most part, the majority agrees there is coming a day of judgment. You would think with nearly everyone hearing about being held accountable that it would generate more interest in knowing God and

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Courier Letters to the Editor 10-26-22

Thank you from PYAC

Dear Editor,

Thank you from the Pickens Youth Athletic Corporation!

To say our first-ever golf tournament, held on Oct. 15, had a positive outcome is an understatement! We could not have hand-picked better weather — blue skies and sunshine for days! Our board would like to vigorously thank all those who participated in some way by helping us accomplish our end goals. All of our combined efforts materialized in a profit of $3,778.07. Wow! A tremendous amount of thanks are extended to our golfer friends and sponsors. These are in no particular order, but without every single person or business, we would never have been successful! Cheers to our sponsor friends listed below:

  • Erik Brock, PGA, Hayfield Country Club, Baltimore, Md.
  • Joe Hooper
  • Caldwell Constructors Inc.
  • Porter Brothers Automotive
  • Deluxe Construction/Bart Rogers
  • Hiott For House
  • Heidi’s LLC
  • Dennis Larsson
  • Gateway Supply Company
  • Shaw Resources Inc.
  • Blue Ridge Electric Co-op
  • Pickens County Courier
  • TaylorMade Golf Company

First-place winners from the day were the team of David Gilstrap, Jim Garrett, Raymond Batson and Jerry Hagan. Second place went to Rick

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Residents uniting to preserve Highway 11 corridor

By Karen Martinez
For the Courier
news@thepccourier.com

Every time I read an article someone has written about the concerns and discussions about S.C. Highway 11, or even attend a Pickens County Council meeting, I see or hear another incorrect piece of information being displayed as “fact” and I think, “No wonder we are getting absolutely nowhere!” It does feel like that sometimes.

Then “studies” done in 1997 and 2014 come to light, where suggestions about how to handle

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