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             Pickens Azalea Festival

Anne Sheriff and Marge Schaefer of the Pickens County Historical Society are pictured at the Pickens Azalea Festival Saturday with a cake and cupcakes, made by Brenda Meyer, also of the Historical Society, in celebration of Pickens County's 150th birthday this year. 

Click here to view The Christian View magazine's 195 photos of the Azalea Festival, including Friday evening's classic car cruise-in and music by The Sweet Potato Pie Kids and Saturday morning's opening ceremony as well as booths of civic and other non-profit organizations, carnival rides, and more.

The Boy Scouts of Troop 51, pictured here on the steps of the Pickens County Courthouse, raised the colors during the opening ceremony of the Pickens Azalea Festival on Saturday. The Christian View magazine's photographs of the opening ceremony include Master of Ceremonies Pickens Mayor David Owens, opening prayer by Pickens City Council member Carlton Holley, raising of the American Flag and leading of 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 Pickens Azalea Festival committee, and presentation of the Pickens High School Azalea Festival art winner, sophomore Hayley Brown. 

           Easley's Spring Fling Fun
Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy (Sarah Watson and Evan Baldwin with Foothills Playhouse (above), Laura Lucsky with sons Alex and Gabriel from Cub Scouts Pack 130 (at right). Click here to view more of The Christian View magazine's photographs from Easley's Spring Fling.

                                        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. They are pictured above with items brought on Saturday, March 31. Many more items were brought earlier in the week, as well. Click here to read The Christian View magazine's article and view 60 photographs from the Run for the Younguns.

                                                        Lives Are Changed at Home with a Heart
In March of 1997, Alex Richey entered the Christ-centered rehabilitation program at Home with a Heart in Liberty. “When I came to Home with a Heart from Chicago, this place changed my life,” he said. “It was because of the love that was here. Jesus Christ was shown to me through John Brock and all the others. John was like a father I never had. He was a good man. He loved the Lord, and he showed me a different way of living that I’d never seen.” When Brock passed away, in 2001, Richey took the reins as Director of Home with a Heart, and, through the years, he has seen change in the lives of other men who have come to Home with a Heart, and the impact that change has had on those men’s families. Click here to read The Christian View magazine’s interview with Alex Richey.

                  The Parenting Place: Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect
The month of April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. The Christian View magazine interviewed Executive Director Greta Young and staff members of The Parenting Place. Click here to read the in-depth article.

                           Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony is Held for Easley Doodle Park
The Christian View magazine was present for the City of Easley's ribbon cutting and official opening of its new Doodle Park. Click here to read The Christian View magazine's article, including all of the event's speakers, and view 28 photographs from the special ceremony.

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