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              MARY'S House Fun Run
MARY'S House Board members April Seese, Brian Cowan, Kelly Giambrone, and Elizabeth Jones at the MARY'S House Doodle Trail Fun Run on Saturday. The June fundraiser benefitted the Pickens County shelter for victims of domestic violence. Click here to view The Christian View magazine's photos from the event.


Appalachian Heritage Center Groundbreaking Held at Hagood Mill
The Christian View magazine was present as a groundbreaking for the Appalachian Heritage Center was held across from Hagood Mill. Pictured above, left to right, are: Dean Watson, Pickens County Council members Ensley Feemster, Carl Hudson, Wes Hendricks, Chair Roy Costner, and Chris Bowers, and South Carolina State Representative Davey Hiott. Click here for The Christian View's article and photographs from the event.

       Celebrate Liberty Spring Festival
State Rep. Davey Hiott and Pickens County Council Chair Roy Costner were good sports volunteering for the dunking booth at the Celebrate Liberty Spring Festival on Saturday. The Christian View magazine's photos from the event include the opening ceremony (with Governor Henry McMaster and the raising of the American Flag by the Boy Scouts and opening prayer by Liberty First Baptist Church Pastor Rev. Mark Kannarney), non-profit organizations' booths (including the Liberty American Legion, The Gideons, Flat Rock Baptist Church, and American Heritage Girls), classic cars, games, balloon animals, music, the dunking booth, and inflatable bounce houses. Click here

Pete McAbee honored at Brandon Reunion
Coach Pete McAbee, pictured with his daughter, Denise Rogers, and son, Pete, Jr., was surprised with a birthday cake at the annual Brandon reunion on a recent Saturday in Greenville. Everyone sang "Happy Birthday" to him, and many expressed his positive influence on their lives. Click here  for The Christian View magazine's article and photos.



    Pickens Museum's Historic Marker
The Christian View magazine was present as a new state historic marker was unveiled at the Pickens County Museum in Pickens. The unveiling was by Pickens County Sheriff Rick Clark and Pickens County Council members Carl Hudson, Chris Bowers, Wes Hendricks, and Chair Roy Costner. Click here for The Christian View's article and photos.



   NCCAA Baseball World Series in Easley
The National Christian College Athletic Association held its four-day Baseball World Series tournament in Easley at the end of May. Saturday's championship game, between Campbellsville University in Campbellsville, Kentucky and Warner University in Lake Wales, Florida, was held at the J.B. 'Red' Owens Recreational Complex. Click here to view The Christian View magazine's photos from the event. 
  

          Gettys Middle School Fundraiser for 
    MARY'S House and Safe Harbor Is In   
 Memory of Former Student Daniel Smith,
    Who Lost His Life to Domestic Violence


Trish Spence and daughter, Maggie, and sons, Cullen and J.T., were among a crowd of Gettys Middle School students and parents participating in Saturday morning's 'Get Colored Purple Run for 51' to benefit MARY'S House and Safe Harbor, shelters for victims of domestic violence. The GMS Junior Honor Society event was held in memory of Daniel Smith, a former student at Gettys Middle School in Easley. Daniel and his mother both lost their lives to domestic violence, at the hands of Daniel's stepfather.  Click here to read The Christian View magazine's article and to view 45 photos of the event.








 Blue Ridge Electric's Annual Meeting
Jessie Lee Gilstrap is pictured singing the national anthem during the 2018 meeting of Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative, held at the Blue Ridge Electric office in Pickens. Lieutenant Governor Kevin Bryant led in the Pledge of Allegiance, and Rev. Tommy Howard opened in prayer. Music was provided by the Sweet Potato Pie Kids, Zion Quartet, and Gold City. High School students selected for the Washington Youth Tour were recognized, as were elected officials, veterans, and Blue Ridge Electric employees. Drawings were held for many prizes, including a pickup truck. Click here for the article and photos.
           Six Mile's Issaqueena Festival

Anne Sheriff of the Pickens County Historical Society and Six Mile Mayor Roy Stoddard with the Pickens County Sesquicentennial cake made by Historical Society member Brenda Meyer. Pickens County is celebrating its 150th birthday in 2018.  The Christian View magazine's photos of the Six Mile Issaqueena Festival include music by The Sweet Potato Pie Kids and Rob Seel, classic cars, games, inflatable bounce houses, and non-profit organizations' booths, including Central Independent Baptist Church, Kings Grove Baptist Church, Mile Creek Baptist Church, Ridgeland Drive Baptist Church, Habitat for Humanity, The Kiwanis Club, and the Festival Committee. Click here to view all photos.


   
 
2018 Blue Ridge Fest Honors Dalton,
  
   Raises $225,000 for Local Charities.


Charles Dalton (left), President and CEO of Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative from 1982 until his recent retirement, was presented the Blue Ridge Fest Founder's Award from Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative President and CEO Jim Lovinggood (right) and South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster (center) during the 2018 Blue Ridge Fest charity fundraiser, which raised a record $225,000 for local charities. The fun included the Upstate's largest classic car cruise-in and oldies music by The Spinners, Jim Quick and the Coastline, and Magic. Click here to read The Christian View magazine's article and to view The Christian View magazine's 125 photos from the 2018 Blue Ridge Fest.




Cherokee Path Historic Marker is Unveiled in Six Mile

The Christian View magazine was present as a new state historic marker was unveiled by Six Mile Mayor Roy Stoddard and Six Mile Council member Jim Atkinson for the Cherokee Path, which is Main Street in Six Mile. Pictured above are Chief Mary Louise Worthy and members of the Pickens County Historical Society: Anne Sheriff, Ken Nabors, Wayne Kelley, Nancy Pace, Ron Masters, Brenda Meyer, Mildred Brewer, Linda Starin, Jane Chastain, and Dennis Chastain. Click here for The Christian View's article and photographs from the event.

Pickens Chapel Cemetery is Donated to Southern Wesleyan University

The Christian View magazine was present at a special receiving ceremony as the historic Pickens Chapel cemetery, located in Anderson County, was donated to Southern Wesleyan University by Carl Garrison, former trustee of the cemetery and owner of the property who now lives in Wyoming. Click here for The Christian View's article and photographs, including descendants of those buried in the historic cemetery as well as all speakers at the event, including Southern Wesleyan University officials.



                Central Railroad Festival
Click here to view The Christian View magazine's photos from the 2018 Central Railroad Festival, including the non-profit organizations' booths (Pickens County Historical Association, Lions Club, Clemson Sertoma, Pickens County YMCA Mentor, Safe Kids Upstate), miniature train rides, tours of the red caboose, Cannon Memorial Baptist Church and inflatable bounce houses from the Piedmont Baptist Association, music by the Sweet Potato Pie Kids, and more. Also inside, tour the Central Railway Museum.
             Easley Spring Fling Festival
Raggedy Ann and Andy (Sarah Watson and Evan Baldwin of Foothills Playhouse) at Easley's Spring Fling festival in Old Market Square. Click here to view more of The Christian view magazine's photos from Easley's Spring Fling, including of the Easley American Legion, Easley Lions Club, Foothills Civitan Club, Cub Scouts Pack 130, Easley Downtown Business Association, and more. 
                     Run for the Younguns
       Benefits Hope Women's Center
Members of Pickens County ABATE and Freedom Biker Church brought much needed donated baby items to Hope Women's Center, a pro-life crisis pregnancy center in Easley. Click here  to read The Christian View magazine's article and view 60 photos.


        Easley Opens New Doodle Park

The City of Easley held a ribbon-cutting and official opening ceremony for its new Doodle Park. Click here to read The Christian View magazine's article, including all of the event's speakers, and view 28 photos from the event.



                    Pickens Azalea Festival
Click here to view The Christian View magazine's 195 photos from the 2018 Pickens Azalea Festival, including Friday evening's classic car cruise-in on Main Street and music by the Sweet Potato Pie Kids at the Pickens Amphitheater and Saturday morning's opening ceremony at the Pickens County Courthouse, as well as booths of civic and other non-profit organizations, carnival rides, and more in downtown Pickens. Opening ceremony photos include Master of Ceremonies Pickens Mayor David Owens, opening prayer by Pickens City Council member Carlton Holley, raising of the American Flag and leading in the Pledge of Allegiance by the Boy Scouts of Troop 51, the national anthem sung by Billy Gibson, announcements by Roy Costner IV of the Azalea Festival Committee, and presentation of the Pickens High School Azalea Festival art winner, Hayley Brown. Booths include the Pickens County Historical Society, the American Legion Pickens Post 11, the Knights of Columbus, the Boy Scouts of Troop 51, American Heritage Girls, Pickens High School, the Pickens Senior Center, The Gideons Pickens Camp, Pickens Firefighters, MARY'S House, SC Citizens for Life, The Pickens Lions Club, the Pickens Rotary, Family Promise, Pickens County Shelter of Hope, Community Emergency Response Team, The Holly Springs Center, Pickens County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs, Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative, Faith Lutheran Chapel of Pickens, Faith Independent Baptist Church of Cleveland, Pickens Church of God, Freedom Biker Church, FFA, 4-H, Café Connections, and Carolina One Volleyball.


  Lives Are Changed at Home with a Heart
The Christian View magazine interviews Alex Richey, Director of Home with a Heart, a Christ-centered rehabilitation program in Liberty, since 2001. Click here  here to read The Christian View's article and view photos.


     Model Train Expo Thrills All Ages

The Central Railway Model and Train Expo, held at Rock Springs Baptist Church's Impact Center in Easley, thrilled fans of all ages. Click here to read The Christian View magazine's article and to view The Christian View's 46 photos from the event.



    Souls are Saved on Tailgate Sunday
Tommy Bowden, whom Pastor Jeremy Roberts called a godly Christian football coach who loves God, shared about football and his Christian faith as guest speaker for both morning services at Brushy Creek Baptist Church Taylors for Tailgate Sunday. Bad weather did not keep the crowd away, as both services were packed, and, after each service, many of all ages stood in line to meet Bowden. Click here for The Christian View magazine's article and photos.




      DAR Honors Liberty Gold Star Mother
Easley's Fort Prince George Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) honored Gold Star Mother Beulah Smith, of Liberty, whose son, Jim, died in Vietnam in 1969. Click here for The Christian View magazine's article and photos.

Pickens County's official Sesquicentennial Logo/Seal
designed by Isabel Wallace and Haiden Ferreira, 
students at the Pickens County Career and Technology Center