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Absentee balloting now open, county officials urge voting by mail

Absentee balloting now open, county officials urge voting by mail

By Jason Evans Staff Reporter jevans@thepccourier.com PICKENS — Every voter in South Carolina can vote absentee in the June primaries More »

County council honors American Legion Post 52

County council honors American Legion Post 52

By Jason Evans Staff Reporter jevans@thepccourier.com PICKENS — Pickens County Council members helped members of American Legion Post 52 celebrate More »

Clemson public opinion poll reveals concern about COVID-19 response

Clemson public opinion poll reveals concern about COVID-19 response

CLEMSON — The Clemson University Palmetto Poll recently gathered data from South Carolina residents to gauge their concern regarding the More »

Analyzing the aftermath of Charles Silver’s killing

Analyzing the aftermath of Charles Silver’s killing

By Dr. Thomas Cloer, Jr. Special to The Courier Last week we introduced the killing of Charles Silver, on Dec. More »

Bases for berries make delicious desserts

Bases for berries make delicious desserts

By Olivia Fowler For the Courier ofowler@thepccourier.com When strawberry season rolls around and you want something a little more special More »

The American Legion Memorial Day speech

The American Legion Memorial Day speech

By Bill Oxford, American Legion National Commander news@thepccourier.com Every crisis has new heroes. During the 9/11 attacks, they were the More »

 

Things have changed in the hen house

There have been major changes in the hen house since the rooster died. The hens have had to adjust to their new life without a dominant male figure, and it has been interesting to see the new pecking order.

Before the rooster gave up the ghost, he greeted each morning the same way. He’d greet the day from atop the hanging feeder.

He never missed a chance to greet the sun and alert us all to the news that morning had arrived. Again.

But now that he is gone, the hens have adjusted to their new world.

It took a while, but apparently there is now a new

Courier Letters to the Editor 5-20-20

Why vote for Alex Saitta?

Dear Editor,

Why vote for Alex Saitta? I have known Alex since he moved to Pickens. He has a genuine love and concern for the welfare of the people of Pickens County.

Alex fought to keep our small schools open and voted against their closing. Anyone who says any different is a liar.

He has the financial expertise required for this job. The other candidates do not.

Alex is a Christian and a kind, caring man with good moral character, which is very important as

Amid pandemic, nurses a constant

While it was more than 20 years ago, I remember that day like it was yesterday.

That was the day I received my license to be a registered nurse. I still remember the whirlwind of feelings I experienced as I first held my license in my hands. On that day, I felt relief and pride for having completed a long academic journey. But I also felt the weight of the awesome responsibility to my patients and my profession that comes with being a registered nurse.

What’s why every year, as Nurses Week approaches, I try to remember how I felt that day and honor the commitment my colleagues and I have made to a profession that centers on helping others. Never has that commitment been more important than it is during this year’s Nursing Week, when nurses all

Hendricks seeks reelection to county council District 3 seat

PICKENS — Pickens County Council District 3 Representative Wes Hendricks is seeking another term of office after what he calls a successful first term.

Since his election, Pickens County has come a long way in many areas, he said. In 2016, Hendricks campaigned to support Tri-County Tech, improve economic development and join Upstate Alliance. All were accomplished without a tax increase, according to Hendricks. The new detention center was also built and financed without a tax increase, protecting the general fund and keeping the county from going bankrupt, Hendricks said.

Many know Hendricks as a Pickens High School special education teacher. Hendricks said he is the only District 3

SCICU honors Hayduk for teaching excellence

CENTRAL — Southern Wesleyan University professor Dr. Steven Hayduk was honored by South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU) as an Excellence in Teaching award recipient for 2020.

The award acknowledges superior teaching and an unrivaled dedication to students. Hayduk has been with Southern Wesleyan for 24 years and chaired the social sciences division from 2005-2012, and from 2019-2020. In his role as division

Alex Saitta files for Pickens County Council District 3 seat

PICKENS — Alex Saitta is a candidate for the District 3 Pickens County Council seat, representing the Pickens area.

Saitta says the county council wants to grow Pickens County at any cost, and in any way, shape or form. This will continue to harm our quality of life with more traffic, stressing our scenic beauty and wildlife, further raise home costs and increase litter, he said.

“I want to preserve our small-town feel, rural-ness and mountain heritage,” Saitta said. “My focus is on the people here and protecting their quality of life first.”

Although he says growth is not a four-letter word, Saitta thinks

Billboard salutes PHS Class of 2020

The members of the Pickens Azalea Festival committee may not have been able to host the annual Pickens Azalea Festival in April, but they have found a way to honor the Pickens High School Class of 2020 — with a billboard on S.C. Highway 8 near the Landmark Baptist Church sign. The sign went up on Monday. Pickens High School principal Corey Willimon agreed to allow the Azalea committee to purchase the billboard to honor all the hard work and dedication the students have shown during this unique time amid the COVID-19 global pandemic. The pandemic has forced the closure of schools across the nation. Students are finishing the school year through e-learning and missing out on so many traditional senior year activities.

 

Courier Obituaries 5-20-20

MARILYN SUE O’SHIELDS

SUNSET — Marilyn “Sue” O’Shields, 68, wife of Wayne Abner O’Shields, passed away on Sunday, May 17, 2020, at her home.

Sue O’Shields was the daughter of the late Ruth Ellen Coleman Morris and George Edward Morris. She was a member of East Pickens Baptist Church and was retired from Cornell Dubilier.

Survivors include her husband of 49 years, one daughter, Beth Marie White (Shawn) of Easley; one son, Marty Wayne O’Shields (Angel) of Pickens; and two sisters, Jennie Goff (Robert) of Pumpkintown and Ann Richards (Ed) of Greer. She also leaves six grandchildren, Dylan O’Shields,

Analyzing the aftermath of Charles Silver’s killing

By Dr. Thomas Cloer, Jr.

Special to The Courier

Last week we introduced the killing of Charles Silver, on Dec. 22, 1831, by his petite teenage wife, Frankie Stewart Silver, in what was then Burke County, N.C.

My Howell ancestors played a most significant role in this story. My great-grandmother was Fannie Jane Howell. Frankie’s mother was Barbara Howell, who married Isaiah Stewart.

My great-great-great-great-grandfather, James A Howell Sr., and his son, Thomas Howell, were key witnesses in the trial that sent Frankie to the gallows. So — what happened? I refer to Perry Deane Young’s 2012 book, “The Untold Story of Frankie Stewart: Was She Unjustly Hanged?” After the most thorough research in 187 years, I believe Young shows clearly that Frankie should not have been hanged.

Frankie panics

So, What happened? When her inebriated, abusive husband was loading his gun to kill Frankie and their 13-month-old baby, Frankie grabbed the closest thing — an ax — and struck at Charles’ head. The sharp ax — accidentally, I think — made a cut three inches long and

Bases for berries make delicious desserts

By Olivia Fowler
For the Courier

ofowler@thepccourier.com

When strawberry season rolls around and you want something a little more special than the usual sponge shells or angel food cake from the grocery store, there’s no reason you can’t make your own delicious cakes to top with your berries. And strawberries aren’t your only option.

None of these recipes are difficult, and you probably already have the ingredients on your kitchen shelf.

You’ll find them delicious, and one or more will become a family favorite. Enjoy.