A heartfelt send off

A special celebration for retiring Pickens Recreation Department director Cheri Anthony was held Thursday, with many friends and family on hand to honor the longtime city official and to commemorate her career. Not only is Anthony stepping down, but so is her assistant, Heidi Covey, who helped to form one of the best recreation programs in the state of South Carolina. Below, Pickens City Councilman Isiah Scipio presents the duo with commemorative desk plaques with messages of appreciation for their years of service to the city and to the thousands of area children who have participated in the Pickens Rec. Above, State House Rep. Davey Hiott is shown presenting Anthony with a special framed professional photographic image of the legendary Bruce Field taken on the eve before the final Pickens High School home game was played on the iconic field in downtown Pickens. Hiott said that he has had the framed picture for more than nine years, just waiting to find the right person to give it to. He said that Anthony was that person because of all the work she had done for the kids of the area.