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Man charged with murder

OBRYANT SUNSET — A Pickens man is behind bars after police say he shot and killed a man following an altercation early Saturday morning. According to a release from Pickens County Sheriff’s More »

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Officers from the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office and Pickens Police Department responded to a shooting on Monday near the Store and More in Pickens.

Police still looking for suspect after Pickens shooting

PICKENS — Officers are on the lookout for a suspect following a shooting incident in Pickens on Monday evening. According to Pickens Police Chief Rodney Gregory, officers were dispatched to the area More »

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911 system to receive upgrades

Sen. Larry Martin and Rep. Davey Hiott stopped by the Pickens County administrative building Monday to present a state check for $170,977.81 to county administrator Ralph Guarino for use in updating the More »

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30th annual Azalea Fest coming up this weekend

SPECIAL SECTION IN THIS WEEK’S PAPER PICK UP ONE TODAY FOR ALL FESTIVAL INFORMATION PICKENS — Spring has always been special in Pickens County, with warm, sunny days and cool crisps evenings. More »


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Central prepares to celebrate its Railroad Heritage The whistles will be blowing as the annual Central Railroad festival takes off April 26 at 10 a.m. In honor of the cherished tie that More »

Sam’s Club donates flag to SWU

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Sam’s Club Store 4901 of Easley recently donated a 38-foot-by-20-foot United States flag and a large South Carolina flag to Southern Wesleyan University at the Track and Soccer Complex, currently under development on the campus in Central. Above, Southern Wesleyan University administration, coaches and student athletes unfurl the flag. At right, pictured from left are Dr. Lisa McWherter, SWU vice president for development; Vicky Farmer, membership team lead, Sam’s Club; Dr. Todd Voss, SWU president; and Brian Raines, membership coordinator, Sam’s Club, and SWU graduate.

Trick or Treat on Main set for Saturday

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PICKENS — The annual Trick or Treat on Main, co-sponsored by Cannon Memorial Hospital and the City of Pickens, is set for this Saturday from 5-8 p.m. in Pickens.

Last year more than 3,000 children and parents attended the event, and organizers expect to match or exceed those numbers this year.

Trick or Treat on Main provides a safe, fun environment for children and parents to enjoy a night of trick or treating, and this year the event will also feature a family friendly movie, free popcorn, and a costume contest.

Organizations and businesses are invited to sponsor a booth, and there is no charge to be a sponsor. Organizers ask that booths be creatively decorated and those handing out candy dress up in a Halloween-themed costume (nothing scary). Organizers ask each booth to have at least 50 large bags of candy, and no soliciting or selling items in booths is allowed.

Mary’s House gets grant

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The Avon Foundation for Women recently awarded a $7,500 one-year grant to Mary’s House to provide direct services to domestic violence victims and/or other program mission. It is the first year that Mary’s House has received Avon Foundation funding to support its work on this important issue. The grant is part of an annual Avon Foundation for Women program that invites Avon regional offices across the United States and Puerto Rico to nominate local domestic violence non-profit organizations for funding as part of the Avon Foundation for Women Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program. Above, officials from both organizations are pictured at the check presentation.

Liberty plans annual fall festival

LIBERTY — The city of Liberty will host its second annual Fall for Liberty event this Saturday.

More than 100 vendors will join the festivities, which will include hayrides, train rides, inflatables for the kids, arts and crafts of all types, a cake walk, a large variety of food vendors with everything from ice cream to shrimp and grits and much more. There will also be a chili cook-off.

The event will begin at 10 a.m. with the presentation of the colors by the Liberty High School JROTC. At 10:30 a.m., Jack Roper will perform a magic show, then at 11:30 a.m. the

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