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• CRMHA Train Expo set for Feb. 18-19

The Central Railway Model and Historical Association will hold its annual train expo on Friday, Feb. 18, and Saturday, Feb. 19. The

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EHS orienteering team qualifies for invitation to national finals

EASLEY — Easley High School’s NJROTC orienteering team competed in the annual Area 6 Orienteering Championship on Dec. 11 at Morrow Mountain State Park in Albemarle, N.C.

The Area Six Orienteering Championship

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Easley NJROTC establishes drone team

EASLEY — Easley High School’s newly developed Navy JROTC drone team competed in its first drone competition on Dec. 4 at Silver Bluff High School in Aiken.

With the Naval Education and Training Department embracing STEM for Navy JROTC units, it provided funding to purchase drones and encouraged units to develop drone teams and establish competitions. Easley’s unit jumped right on the opportunity, getting cadets involved

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• Local friends and newcomers to meet

The Tri-County Friends and Newcomers will meet the second Monday of each month through April 2022.
The group has a new meeting location in the Powdersville Branch Library off S.C. Highway 81. Social time is 10 a.m. Business meeting is at 10:30 a.m.
For more information, contact Barbara Cunningham at (864) 855-9570.

State Farm is Chamber Member of the Month

The December Greater Pickens Chamber of Commwerce Member of the Month is the Sara Turgeon State Farm insurance agency. State Farm is located at 104 S. Catherine St. in Pickens. The Sara Turgeon State Farm insurance office is proud to serve Pickens, Easley, Six Mile, Sunset, Liberty and surrounding areas in South and North Carolina. The Sara Turgeon State Farm insurance agency handles auto, home, renter’s, life, business and financial services insurances, with a focus on resident relocations to the Pickens County area. Stop in, call (864) 878-3541 or visit saraturgeon.com for all your insurance needs. Pictured are chamber president Bryan Owens, Rebecca Murray, Sara Turgeon, Garson Burns, Rose Simmons, Kristine Barksdale, Holly Gravely, Von Dean and Goose, the office’s resident pup and greeter.

Winter Bluegrass Jubilee is next month at Pickens High

PICKENS — The Young Appalachian Musicians (YAM) program will hold its annual indoor music festival, the Winter Bluegrass Jubilee, on Jan. 22 at Pickens High School.

“In less than two months, we will be back in the Pickens High School Fine Arts Center for the Winter Bluegrass Jubilee,” said Russ Hennessee, who coordinates the jubilee along with his wife, Sondra. “We can’t wait to reunite with our

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Golden anniversary

Mr. and Mrs. James Curtis McGowens Sr. celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Dec. 11 at Occasions at Wedgefield in Central. The happy couple enjoyed a great time with the many family and friends who were in attendance for the ceremony. May Heaven continue to bless the couple.

Community Calendar

• Local friends and newcomers to meet

The Tri-County Friends and Newcomers will meet the second Monday of each month through April 2022.
The group has a new meeting location in the Powdersville Branch Library off S.C. Highway 81. Social time is 10 a.m. Business meeting is at You must be logged in to view this content.

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A special Christmas tree tribute

This holiday season, the city of Pickens has a new Christmas tree in town at the intersection of Main Street and North Catherine Street. Pace and Reeves Service Station has a very unique and symbolic tree. The tree, a rare Italian spruce, was planted on the property by Sharon Thomas when it was only about two feet tall and now towers an estimated 45 feet in the air. The tree was not meant for this climate, but has flourished over the years. Pace and Reeves owner John Reeves was asked by the Pickens Women’s Association if he would mind if they had lights put on the tall, thin tree for the holidays. Reeves agreed if he could place two stars on the tree. One atop the tree represents his late partner, Dennis, Pace who passed away in 2003, and the other represents longtime Pace and Reeves employee Andy “Big’un” Reynolds, who died last year. Pictured with the tree are Joe Pilgrim, Reeves and Brandon Pilgrim of Pace and Reeves. The stars were designed and made by Karen Cisson.

Jeep auction to benefit children’s hospital

The Upstate Legends Jeep Club has received donations of around 10 kids’ Jeeps that have been outfitted like Hinkle’s Jeeps in honor of local Jeep legend Larry Hinkle. The Jeeps will be auctioned off to raise funds for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital at 2:30 p.m. tihs Sunday, Dec. 19, at Legacy Square in downtown Pickens. Hinkle and his wife, Mary, rode in Sunday’s Pickens Christmas parade along with some of the Jeeps to be auctioned off. For more information about the event, email camalanhinkle@gmail.com.