Tuesday, February 23, 2016


Community consists of a number of people with something in common that connects them in some way and that distinguishes them from others. 


Dacusville, not much has changed since I was a child
 growing up in this small town.

Some old faces, some new, some have left us way too soon.

New school buildings standing tall, buildings that I never got to walk the halls.
A Dacusville Gold Wave I'll always be, because Dacusville Gold Waves can't be beat. 
Go Purple, Go Gold. 

Still standing are the churches that taught us to spread the Good News,
and they are still teaching and challenging you.
A few things have changed,
 we now have three Dollar General Stores, and a few more traffic lights then before, and 
a new community center is now in the old school building. 

Things may continue to change in this small town, 
but what never will, is the way you'll always feel
about growing up in Dacusville. 

Dacusville is my "Home Town", it's the place I was born and raised and continue to live, it's the place I am proud to call home. 

Dacusville is a special place because of the special people, we unite as a community, we stand together, we might be small but we do BIG things..... And I am asking you to do a big thing in a small way.

Foster Care in Pickens County is rising, and there are not enough foster parents to care for the children.  LIFEchurch in our community is building LIFEhouse, "A Dacusville Community, residential safe haven for children of families in crisis; offering loving support and care to children in need of temporary residential care." The project is estimated to cost 2.6 Million dollars but I say we can build it for five dollars. 

"Just Five" Action Plan
Can five dollars really make a difference?
It can in the life of a child, it can build a home. 

Five dollars in your hands can buy one meal, but five dollars in the hands of LIFEhouse can build a home. Will you give this small offering and do a BIG thing? Will you help build LIFEhouse?

A gofundme account has been set up for you to easily donate, please consider what you can do for a child. 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Remembering You

It's easy to remember you, 
you always had a smile, a kind word, a hug.

It's easy to remember you, 
you always cared, shared, loved.

Remembering you is easy,
saying goodbye is hard. 
Till I see you again my friend. 

On Saturday I got word that a childhood friend from Dacusville lost her life. I remember attending school and riding the school bus together. I remember as we became adults seeing her at the hospital because she was always so sick, and I remember attending her daughter's funeral.We kept up on Face book like many of us now do, she would comment on my page asking me questions about my family and how am I doing in school.  I remember her always asking me how do I keep up with all that I have going on? 

Thank you for always remembering me....now I am remembering you.   

Pam Givens Krupa

Pam you are such a sweet soul, I am so happy for you that you are no longer in pain and that you are in Heaven with your daughter.....I will miss you my friend. 

Its hard when you lose a classmate, in honor of the ones that left us too soon.

Class of '94

*Darren Ervin
*Brad Cato
*Chance Connor
*Pam Givens Krupa

A public group Face book page for Pickens High School 
has been set up to remember our lost classmates. 



Monday, February 1, 2016

Southerners in the Snow

There's a joke in the south that when the weather men begin calling for snow, we Southerners don't run for the hills.....we run for the shelves, grocery shelves to get our milk and bread.  

This time when the weather men called for snow we needed our milk and bread, and our sleds, some chili beans or soup, comfort foods, evaporated milk for snow cream, and generators. 

The first snow of 2016 brought down trees, power lines, and eight plus inches of that white stuff we don't see around here too often. It started as ice and sleet but then turned to snow, big flakes of snow that quickly covered our small town.  Our schools, businesses, churches, and day cares were being canceled......Snow Day!

Our little town of Dacusville became a Winter Wonderland.....


Snow Day led to snow week, the snow lingered around for a week before it started melting away, but soon enough the beautiful white covering gave way back to the dirt and gravel and everything turned back to normal.....but they say, if snow stays on the ground for longer than three days there will be another.....better stock up on that milk and bread. 

Snow photos courtesy of Samantha Davis 

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Pumpkin Festival

Are you ready for the season of pumpkins?

Cooler air, warm colors, falling leaves, hoodies, pumpkins, 
and festivals......

Celebrates their 35th annual pumpkin festival on October 10th this year. The 2nd Saturday of October brings people from all over out to enjoy a parade, crafts, food, music, dancing, rides, and pumpkins.





Fun Facts:

Over 1.5 billion pounds produced each year in the United States.

World's largest pumpkin weighed 1,800 pounds.

Largest pumpkin pie weighed 2,020 pounds.

Each pumpkin has over 500 seeds.

Over 45 different varieties of pumpkins.

Pumpkins are 90% water.


More information about the Pumpkin Festival:

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Haunted Halls/Halloween Costume Ball

This is not a typical story that Dacusvillenews post on the blog, but seeing that the community is reaching out to help the Miracle Hill Children's Home we thought that it would be helpful to inform the community.

For more information:

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Dacusville Good News Club

Good News Club is a weekly interdenominational Christian Program for 5-12 year old children featuring a Bible lesson, songs, memory verses, and games. 

Volunteers are in need to help fill positions. 

The Good News Club meets Thursdays at the Dacusville Elementary School Cafeteria from 2:30-4:00 
Starting September 17, 2015

For more information contact
Michelle Palmer, Ministry Coordinator  
at (864) 608-8508

GoodNewsClub is hosted by 
Mt. Carmel Baptist Church

Monday, September 7, 2015



born into a world
full of unknowns and uncertainties
.......dependent on us. 

In Pickens County, "We currently have over 70 kids in care and only six foster homes, so that means over 80 percent of our kids are placed out of county."

"We got 160 more kids in care in 2014 year than we did the previous year.  In 2013 we served 509 children in foster care.  This year we're up to 675."-Carla Poole, DFCS Case Manger 

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this:

to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. -James 1:27

The LIFEHouse Project

LIFEHouse is a Dacusville community residential safe haven for children of families in crisis; offering loving support and care to children in need of temporary residential care.  

The initial capabilities of LIFEHouse will provide care for eight children.  

Pastors Melissa and Chad Albertson

To provide the highest quality of loving care for the children of Pickens County families in crisis.

Supporting children of families in crisis through residential, educational and outreach services through a multicultural, non-denominational organization.

"A dream is becoming a reality!  God is so Good!" -Melissa Albertson

For this dream to continue to become a reality we need YOU....


Want to make a difference in the life of a child?

 You can help LIFEHouse by donating your time, resources, or financially.

May he defend the afflicted among the people and save the children of the
Directors of LIFEHouse
Rob and Karen McElyea
needy; may he crush the oppressor -Psalm 72:4

To get involved contact us at:

199 Thomas Mill Rd. Easley, SC 29640

"Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that whoever sees it can run with it"

*Reinhardt, Angela (2015). Pickens in desperate need of foster parents. www.pickensprogressonline

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