Ribbon cutting held

On Jan. 14, magician Donald Carpenter cut the ribbon on the only magic store in Pickens. Magic & Smiles is located inside the Market at the Mill at 225 Pumpkintown Highway in Pickens. On hand for the festivities were Don and Nancy Carpenter and their son, Randy, along with members of the local International Brotherhood of Magicians Ring 63 — president Mike Noonan, Rhett Bryson, Paul DiLella Sr. and Edmund Apperson — Pickens Mayor Fletcher Perry, Greater Pickens Chamber of Commerce executive director Bryan Owens and Beth Vlener. For more information, visit or call (864) 999-4189.