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Jim and Denise Lovinggood and Charles and Libby Dalton with the new plaque telling the history of Deodor Cedar tree at the 2018 Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative Christmas tree lighting.
Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative's Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Recently retired Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative President Charles Dalton had the honors of lighting the Christmas tree at this year's tree-lighting ceremony outside the Pickens headquarters of Blue Ridge Electric. A new plaque was unveiled telling the history of the Deodor Cedar tree and the tree-lighting ceremony. Ashley Dodgens, Choir Director for Pickens Presbyterian Church, sang a selection of Christmas songs, Blue Ridge Electric Vice President of Communications Terry Ballenger gave the invocation, and Rev. Jamie Duncan, Pastor of East Pickens Baptist Church, gave the meditation. Click here to read the in-depth article and view 30 photographs by The Christian View magazine

Christmas Tree at Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative in Pickens

    Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative'
s Christmas Tree Lighting

The lighting of the Christmas tree at The Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative office in Pickens, South Carolina begins the Christmas season each year. The 2017 tree lighting was the final lighting for Charles Dalton as President and CEO, as he retired at the end of the year. Alan Blackmon, who retired in 2016, had the honor of lighting the majestic tree for 2017. Ashley Dodgens, Choir Director for Pickens Presbyterian Church, sang Christmas music. Rev. Nath Briley, of Pickens Presbyterian Church, delivered an inspirational message. Local dignitaries and members of the public were in attendance. Click here to read the in-depth article and view 23 photographs.

Snowfall on the majestic Christmas tree at the Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative office in Pickens, a beautiful scene captured by Elaine Banks

                                   Snowfall in Pickens County

Snowfall scenes in Pickens County. Click here to view.

The Bowen House in Pickens, Pickens County, South Carolina
decorated for Christmas

              Christmas at The Historic Bowen House

Christina and Scott Carrick opened their home, the historic Bowen House in Pickens, to The Christian View magazine readers on Wednesday, December 13, 2017.  The house, built in 1880, was home to William Thomas Bowen and Rebecca Amelia Allgood Bowen, the maternal grandparents of journalist, author, and World War II correspondent Ben Robertson, who was killed in a plane crash in Portugal in 1943. Robertson wrote three books, Travelers Rest, I Saw England, and Red Hills and Cotton. The Carricks decorated their home beautifully for Christmas, with more than 20 Christmas trees and other decorations, and led The Christian View magazine on a tour of each room of the house. Click here to read the article and view 77 photos.

Country Santa's Workshop
Pumpkintown/Oolenoy, Pickens County, South Carolina

Country Santa

The Christian View magazine interviews John 'Buddy' Cox, who, along with volunteers through donations from the public, delivers toys to thousands of children each Christmas Eve. Click here to read: With Love From Jesus and Country Santa.

Jordan Brissey and Amanda McCann of Pizza Inn of Pickens

Amanda Smith and Randy Clem of Pizza Inn of Pickens

Pizza Inn of Pickens is a Drop-Off Site for Country Santa

Pizza Inn of Pickens, a loyal sponsor of The Christian View magazine, is also a longtime supporter of Country Santa, which gives thousands of new toys to children each Christmas. "As long as I can remember, we've always helped out," Pizza Inn owner Jason Cassell told The Christian View magazine. Pizza Inn also donates pizzas to Country Santa volunteers on Saturdays when they are packing toys. "It's a great project that he started," Cassell said of Buddy Cox and Country Santa. "I think it serves Pickens County well, so we try to help out all we can. It makes a difference for a lot of kids." If you wish to donate toys to Country Santa, you can drop off the toys at Pizza Inn, located at 502 Ann Street (Highway 178). 

Pizza Inn of Pickens is a drop-off site for anyone wishing to donate toys for Country Santa

Ron Scarborough and Cade Crenshaw, of WGOG's The Evening Sports Page radio show, hosted the Miracle Kids Christmas on location in Powdersville.

      The Evening Sports Page Hosts Miracle Kids Christmas

WGOG's The Evening Sports Page, with Ron Scarborough and Cade Crenshaw, hosted the annual Miracle Kids Christmas on location in Powdersville. The occasion was Scarborough's return to radio after his stroke. Guests included Tyler Stroud, Misty and Ella Vinson, Travis Jackson, and Elizabeth Hensley.
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Tiny Town, Easley, Pickens County, South Carolina

      'Tiny Town' in Easley Celebrates 40 Years of Christmas

'Tiny Town', well known in Easley and open to the public since 1977, celebrated 40 years of Christmas in 2017. Take a photographic tour with The Christian View magazine. Click here to view more than 40 photographs.

McKinney Chapel
Eastatoee Valley, Pickens County, South Carolina

Christmas at McKinney Chapel

The historic McKinney Chapel in Sunset, north of Pickens, South Carolina in the Eastatoee Valley, has been the setting for an annual Christmas pageant since 1982. The old-fashioned program, which always focuses on the true meaning of Christmas, was more meaningful in 2016, for, just a few months earlier, organizer Georgia Chapman was very ill and not expected to live.  Click here to read The Christian View magazine's article and to view a photo slideshow.

Easter at Aunt Sue's Country Corner
north of Pickens on Hwy 11, Pickens County, South Carolina

Kids Enjoy Easter at Aunt Sue's Country Corner

Aunt Sue's Country Corner, on Highway 11 near Table Rock, was the setting for an Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 15, 2017.

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