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Pickens, Easley plan Doodle Rail Trail unveiling

The master plan for turning the abandoned Doodle Rail Line into a trail between Pickens and Easley will be unveiled at a meeting on May 1 in Easley. By Ben Robinson, Courier More »

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SPECIAL EDITION CENTRAL RAILROAD FESTIVAL IN THIS WEEK

All Aboard For Fun! Welcome to the Town of Central and to our sixth annual Railroad Festival. This insert is your guide to everything you need for an unforgettable day of fun More »

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Anderson receives Silver Crescent

After 32 years of service to the Pickens County Registration and Elections Commission, Noel C. Anderson was recently honored with the Order of the Silver Crescent. COUNTY — All who know him call him “Andy.” More »

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Food, fun and flowers

Despite dreary weather, crowds packed the streets of Pickens over the weekend for the 30th annual Pickens Azalea Festival, which featured various forms of entertainment, food, arts and crafts and the first-ever More »

Pickens County Meals on Wheels recently received a $1,000 grant from the Darden Foundation. Pictured, from left, are PCMOW executive director Meta Bowers, Timothy Moriarty of LongHorn Steakhouse in Easley and PCMOW volunteers Doyle and Norma Kelley.

PCMOW and Darden Restaurants partner to advance hunger relief

EASLEY — Pickens County Meals on Wheels recently announced it has been selected to receive a $1,000 grant as part of the Restaurant Community Grants program from the Darden Restaurants Foundation, Inc., More »

‘An Historic Gift’

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Upstate conservation groups join

to protect Nine Times Forest

Naturaland Trust, Upstate Forever purchase 1,648 acres

COUNTY — Naturaland Trust and Upstate Forever have succeeded in protecting one of South Carolina’s most special places — the 1,648-acre Nine Times Forest in Pickens County.

An ecological jewel, the property contains three mountains of stunning granite outcroppings as well as streams, creeks and stands of hardwoods. Located in close proximity to Jocassee Gorges, the tract also provides exceptional habitat for bear and

Hagood Mill set to open for first time since Bolt’s death

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PICKENS — For the first time since the unexpected death of site manager Ed Bolt last month, the Hagood Mill will open this Saturday, hosting a day of milling, music and memories from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bolt, affectionately known as “Eddie” by those who knew and loved him, will be remembered as the mill’s Music in the Mountains 2014 series kicks off.

A memorial celebration in honor of Bolt is still in the planning stages, but friends

Officials: Keep sick kids home

COUNTY — As varying degrees of sickness — including flu and strep throat — move through the student and employee populations, School District of Pickens County administrators are urging parents to keep sick children at home.

According to an information sheet posted on schools’ websites, “in order to keep our schools healthy and decrease the spread of illness,” children need to stay home when they have a temperature of 100 degrees or higher with cough, sore throat, body

MLK Holiday events planned

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COUNTY — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is “What are you doing for others?”.

Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities. Here are some events planned to commemorate Dr. King’s life.

In Pickens, the day will begin with a “Unity Walk” from Pickens Presbyterian Church to Pickens County Courthouse. The walk will begin at the church, 311 W. Main St., at 10 a.m. Participants will walk for unity in our community to promote mutual respect and understanding. Families, community organizations, scout groups, school


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