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All aboard for fun!

All aboard for fun!

Central Railroad Festival is this Saturday!!! Welcome  to  the  2021  annual  Central  Railroad  Festival!  We’re  glad to have you and More »

A looming legacy

A looming legacy

Alice Company, a family-owned diversified holdings company based in Greenville, recently donated a 1954 Hunt fly shuttle loom to the More »

Pickens girls win tourney, top Easley

Pickens girls win tourney, top Easley

PICKENS — The Pickens High School Lady Blue Flame volleyball team continued its winning ways last week, winning the Pink More »

After cancellation a week ago, Blue Flame to take on arch-rival Easley at Daniel on Saturday

After cancellation a week ago, Blue Flame to take on arch-rival Easley at Daniel on Saturday

By Bru Nimmons Staff Reporter bnimmons@thepccourier.com PICKENS — After preparing to face Hendersonville (N.C.) last week, Pickens High School was More »

Green Wave offense electric in win over region foe Walhalla

Green Wave offense electric in win over region foe Walhalla

By Eugene Jolley Courier Sports news@thepccourier.com EASLEY — Saturday night football worked out for the Easley Green Wave, as they More »

After dropping out of Top 25, Tigers focused on what they can control

After dropping out of Top 25, Tigers focused on what they can control

    By Michael Crouchley Courtesy The Journal michael@upstatetoday.com CLEMSON — Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said in no uncertain More »

 

DEA warns of increase in fentanyl and methamphetamine in fake pills

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter
jevans@thepccourier.com

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A sharp increase in the number of fake prescription pills found to contain fentanyl and methamphetamine caused the Drug Enforcement Administration to issue its first public safety alert in six years last week.

The alert, issued Sept. 27, seeks to warn Americans of “the alarming increase in the lethality and availability of fake prescription pills containing fentanyl and methamphetamine,” it said.

“The United States is facing

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Town hall to focus on substance use recovery

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter
jevans@thepccourier.com

LIBERTY — A town hall meeting next week is aimed at reducing the stigma that those in treatment for and recovery from substance use can feel in the community.

The Road to Recovery Town Hall meeting will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, at the Pickens County Performing Arts Center.

More than 387,000 South Carolina residents are in recovery from substance use disorder, according to the S.C.

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Pickens girls win tourney, top Easley

PICKENS — The Pickens High School Lady Blue Flame volleyball team continued its winning ways last week, winning the Pink is Power Tournament on Saturday at Woodmont High School in Piedmont and defeating cross-county rival and region foe Easley High.

Along the way, senior libero Bailee Earnhardt notched her 1,000th dig.

“The Lady Blue Flame ended their week on a high note after beating cross-town rival Easley on Thursday night and winning the Pink is Power Tournament at Woodmont High School,” Pickens coach Rikki Owens said. “Our team’s goal was to focus on the ‘little things’ and make sure we celebrated the successes along the way. These young ladies did just that, and it made for a fun weekend, especially when we defeated 5A Lexington High School for the fourth time this season. This week, we will strive to build upon this past weekend as we enter our last week of region play.”

During its march to the Woodmont tournament victory, the Lady Blue Flame defeated Southside Christian School of Simpsonville, Legion Christian Academy of Rock Hill, Gray Collegiate Academy of West Columbia and Lexington High. Junior setter/hitter Lauren Dow received the All-Tournament Award at the Woodmont tournament.

On Thursday, the Lady Blue Flame defeated region opponent Easley in straight sets for the second time this season. During the Easley senior night recognition of its two seniors, Kaedence Langston and Polly McCollum, Easley also graciously recognized the eight seniors on the Lady Blue Flame squad.

During the Easley match, Lady Blue Flame senior libero Bailee Earnhardt registered the 1,000th dig of her illustrious career at Pickens High School. To mark the occasion, Owens called a timeout while Bailee’s mother, Lyndsay, ran onto the court to give Bailee a poster that said, “Congrats Bailee 1,000 Digs #24.” The crowd on both sides of the court gave Bailee a standing ovation.

Pickens’ record stands at 31-3 on the season, with all three losses against 5A schools. The Flame are 6-0 in region play.

The Lady Blue Flame’s final regular-season home match was scheduled Tuesday night against region opponent Travelers Rest in the friendly confines of Coach Peggy Harden Anthony Gymnasium on the Pickens High campus, with results too late for press time. Senior night was scheduled during the Tuesday match. The final regular-season match will be a road trip Thursday night to take on the Lady Rams of Westside High School in Anderson.

Pumpkin spice or sauerkraut?

As the nights get chillier and the leaves start turning red and gold, everything adopts the flavor of pumpkin spice. Pumpkin bread, cookies, pies, coffee, pancakes, pretzels and even dog treats. If you eat or drink it, somebody will put pumpkin spice in it. Pumpkin spice is not reserved for just food items — it can also be found in candles, air fresheners, soap and facial

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Facebook’s influence

So, somebody accidentally pushed the wrong button at Facebook and brought the whole evil empire crashing down last week — for a few hours at least.

It didn’t bother me a bit.

I used to enjoy Facebook, back in 2009 when I first got on it. It was just a fun way to share your life with your friends and family and see what they’ve been up to.

That’s the way Facebook was intended to be used — or at least that’s what they say.

Gradually, though, it started taking up

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Courier Letters to the Editor

A Dia de Muertos in America?

Dear Editor,

In Mexico it is called Dia de Muertos, which translates into English as Day of the Dead.

Many here in America misunderstand it to be like Halloween. It’s worlds apart from Halloween.

The day is set aside to remember family members who have passed away. A kind of honoring dead loved ones. The families will get together and have a good meal, then go to the cemetery to clean off the grave of deceased loved ones. They also leave flowers on the grave.

I think it would be good in America if we had our own Dia de Muertos. When I was growing up, we had something called family reunions. We would get together and

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Hagood Mill Storytelling Festival and Liars Competition is Saturday

PICKENS — Each October, the hills and hollers around the Hagood Mill Historic Site in Pickens come alive with storytellers sharing the weird and wonderful, mountain funnies, memories of yesteryear and tales of mystical places in Appalachia.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Hagood Mill Storytelling Festival, and visitors are cordially invited to share the special day.

Back by popular demand as host for this

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Courier Community Calendar

• Scent of Praise to hold event in Easley

Scent of Praise, a Christian music ministry, will be live at Midtown Music in the Easley Fine Arts Center on South Pendleton Street in Easley this Saturday, Oct. 16. The event is free for all. Set to run from 4-8 p.m., the event will offer a time of fellowship, worship and word. Food will be served from 4-5 p.m.
For more information, call or text (864) 508-2166 or email

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PHS Scholar-Athletes

During Pickens High School’s homecoming ceremony on Wednesday night at the PHS gym, the school announced its Scholar-Athletes of the Week for the week of Oct. 8. The winner of the male award, Anthony Nix, is the son of Stan and Adrienne Nix. He is a member of the varsity football team and was nominated by his English teacher, Ryan Scully. The Female Scholar-Athlete of the Week was Evie Harkins, who is the daughter of Donnie and Brenda Harkins. She is a member of the girls’ golf team and was nominated by her math teacher, Jeff Harrelson. The nominations are reviewed by a committee, and a male and female fall sports recipient will be recognized at each home game this season.

County VA plans veterans events

COUNTY — In honor of Pickens County’s veterans this November, the Pickens County Veterans Affairs has announced two appreciation events.

The first is an appreciation dinner for county veterans set for Saturday, Nov. 6, from 4-6 p.m. Due to COVID, the dinner will be a drive-thru, to-go BBQ

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