Obituary: Sandra Brannon

Sandra R. Brannon, 80, of Columbia, wife of former South Carolina Baptist Convention director of public relations Thomas J. Brannon, died Dec. 1, 2020, after a lengthy illness. A native of Spartanburg, she was a graduate of the University of South Carolina, earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing. She later served in both administrative […]

Obituary: Richard Hawk

Richard Lee Hawk, 87, of Clemson, died Nov. 20, 2020. A native of Pennsylvania, he was a graduate of Mercer University in Macon, Ga., and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C. He served as pastor of several Baptist churches in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. He was a member of Pendleton First […]

Obituary: Bill Palmer

William LeRoy “Bill” Palmer, 99, of Kingsport, Tenn., died Nov. 25, 2020. A native of Colorado, he attended George Washington University in Washington, D.C., while working for the U.S. Department of State. He was a veteran of World War II and a graduate of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, N.C., later teaching New Testament […]

Obituary: Paul Talmadge

Paul Anderson Talmadge, 92, of Anderson, died Nov. 20, 2020. He worked in administration at Anderson University for 19 years and served as a religion teacher at North Greenville University, also serving as the sixth president from 1988-1991. After leaving NGU, he served on the staff of the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove […]

Fire guts Cowpens church sanctuary on Christmas weekend

A fire raged through the buildings of Cowpens First Baptist Church on Saturday, Dec. 26. More than a dozen local fire stations responded, but ultimately the sanctuary and the attached education building were declared a complete loss. The fire, which started Saturday afternoon, was noticed by a church employee who notified authorities. By the time […]

NFL’s Watson donates ultrasound to center in South Carolina

Former NFL tight end Benjamin Watson and his family, through an ongoing partnership with the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission’s Psalm 139 Project, donated an ultrasound machine to the Palmetto Women’s Center in Rock Hill, S.C., and gave Christmas gifts to 10 families affiliated with the center. Watson and his wife, Kirsten, are passionate about […]

Hardwick accepts pastorate in Tennessee

Jay Hardwick, associate executive director and chief strategist for the South Carolina Baptist Convention, has resigned his position, accepting the call of Forest Hills Baptist Church in Nashville, Tenn., as lead pastor. He formerly served as a church planter and pastor before coming to the staff of the SCBC. He said, “We love our SCBC […]

‘Gorgeous Gigi’ introduces reader to endearing dog breed

Courier Publishing is pleased to announce the release of “Gorgeous Gigi: A Cavalier King Charles Spaniel,” written and illustrated by Marion Harley (30 pages, softcover, $9.95). Written in verse, this colorful book introduces readers to Gorgeous Gigi, an affectionate little dog who came into her owner’s life and changed it for the better. But Harley’s […]

Journey in Adoption

“Without exception, adoption is guaranteed to rock your seemingly ordered world,” writes Jennifer Phillips in her new devotional book, “Hope When It’s Hard.” The 30 moving devotionals revolve around the experiences of her and husband Brian’s adoption of a 15-month-old Chinese girl who had been orphaned. The couple, with their three children, was living in […]

Goucher Church celebrates 250 years

Goucher Baptist Church in Gaffney celebrated its sestercentennial, or 250th anniversary, Oct. 25, with former pastor Ray Long, who served from 1979 to 1987, bringing a morning message of challenge and encouragement. Long is one of the 46 pastors who have served the church in its long history. The church celebrated its history by presenting […]