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Year in Review: A Synopsis of In-Depth Articles by The Christian View Magazine in 2017,
With More Than 2,000 Photographs


Spring, 2017:


The Christian View magazine interviewed John and Rema Holcombe of Easley, who were married in 1948, and who share about their childhood, their family, their Christian faith, their church (Rock Springs Baptist), and John’s service in the U.S. Army during World War II. The Christian View magazine’s in-depth article included more than 50 photographs, including of John and Rema and their family through the years, as well as from John’s 90th birthday celebration, attended by The Christian View magazine, and from other family occasions in recent years.

The Christian View magazine attended the Pave the Track in Prayer event at the Greenville-Pickens Speedway in Easley and interviewed Speedway Chaplain Dale Tyre and his wife, Marie, and several other participants, as Tyre led the prayer walk around the track before the start of the racing season. The Christian View magazine’s article included 45 photographs from the event.

The Christian View magazine interviewed the teenaged members of the Bow Tie Quartet from Rock Springs Baptist Church -- Denton Carter, Carson Edwards, John Broome, and Connor Daniels – for an article about their Gospel music quartet.

The Christian View magazine interviewed Tracey Jonakin for an in-depth article on Released Time Bible Education. Jonakin, a Sunday School teacher to youth at Rock Springs Baptist Church, also teaches the Bible to Liberty Middle School students in Released Time every weekday.

The Christian View magazine interviewed Brian Hale, who teaches youth at Rock Springs Baptist Church and who chairs the Board for Pickens County Christian Learning Centers, Inc., overseeing the Released Time Bible Education program for Pickens County.

The Christian View magazine’s article ‘It Shouldn’t Hurt to be a Child’ focused on the month of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.

The Christian View magazine interviewed staff members and the Executive Director of The Parenting Place (formerly known as Prevent Child Abuse Pickens County) for an in-depth article on the organization and its mission of preventing child abuse.

The Christian View magazine attended the Partners for Prevention luncheon, held at The Mill Church in Pickens and hosted by Behavioral Health Services, Pickens County Department of Social Services, Friends of Pickens County Guardian ad Litem, the Julie Valentine Center, the Parenting Place, Pickens County Advocacy Center, and Pickens County First Steps, for an in-depth article as local agencies kicked off the start of Child Abuse Prevention Month. At the event, members of the Pickens County Legislative Delegation presented the family of the late DSS Director Keith Frazier with a Statehouse Resolution Honoring Him for his protection of abused children. The Christian View magazine’s in-depth article included 12 photographs from the event.

The Christian View magazine attended the two-day Pickens Azalea Festival, which offered a classic car cruise-in, music, rides, arts and crafts vendors, civic and non-profit organizations, the selection of the azalea art contest winner, and much more. The Christian View magazine’s in-depth article included more than 200 photographs (of the opening ceremonies, the Boy Scouts, churches and civic and non-profit organizations at their booths, the classic cars, carnival rides, azalea art contest winner Brianna Holder, and music by the Grace United Methodist Church Bell Choir, the Tams, and Kelley Horton.)

The Christian View magazine interviewed members of the Pickens Lions Club for an article on the service organization, which provides eye exams and eyeglasses and supports the Boy Scouts.

The Christian View magazine attended the Easter egg hunt at Aunt Sue’s Country Corner on Highway 11 above Pickens, and The Christian View magazine’s article included nearly 30 photographs of all of the fun.

The Christian View magazine attended the annual meeting of the Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative, which featured Gospel and bluegrass music by The Sweet Potato Pie Kids, Tugalo Holler, The Sheltons, and The Primitive Quartet. The Christian View magazine’s in-depth article of the entire meeting included more than 150 photographs.

The Christian View magazine attended the Central Railroad Festival, which celebrated the town’s historic ties to the railroad, for an article and nearly 100 photographs, including of the Central Railway Museum and Centrail Model Railway and Historical Association, model trains and real trains, Central Fire Department, inflatables and rides, Cannon Memorial Baptist Church, Boy Scouts, and non-profit organizations at their booths, and more.

Ride for the Child Motorcycle Run was a fundraiser for The Parenting Place. The Christian View magazine attended the event at Aunt Sue’s Country Corner, which was one stop of the ride, and The Christian View magazine’s article included interviews and 12 photographs of participating bikers and Bikers for Christ and the Christian Motorcyclists Association.

The Christian View magazine attended Wings and Wheels, a fundraiser for Meals on Wheels, held at the Pickens County Airport in Liberty. The Christian View magazine’s nearly 100 photographs included airplanes, classic cars, and members of the American Legion Pickens Post 11, who assisted with the event.

The Christian View magazine attended Blue Ridge Fest, a charity fundraiser of Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative, which brought hundreds of classic cars to the Upstate’s largest classic car cruise-in, oldies music (by Little Anthony and the Imperials, The Contours, Jim Quick and the Coastline, and The Flashbacks), food and non-alcoholic beverages, and a chance to win large cash prizes. Longtime Blue Ridge Electric employee Alan Blackmon, who had retired due to having had a liver transplant, was honored. The Christian View magazine’s article included more than 150 photographs.

The Christian View magazine attended Relay for Life of Pickens County, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, which was held at Easley High School. The Christian View magazine’s article included more than 80 photographs, including of the survivors lap, caregivers lap, teams laps, speakers, music by 16-year-old cancer survivor Natalie Kristiansen and Nine Times Road, and more.

The Christian View magazine attended the Spring Bazaar at Landmark Baptist Church in Easley. The event included a car show, lunch and baked goods for sale, and a huge indoor yard sale as a fundraiser for the church’s mission trip to Montana. The Christian View magazine’s article included 10 photographs from the event.

The Christian View magazine attended the Spring Fling at Flat Rock Baptist Church in Liberty. The event featured a car show, inflatables and games, and food as a fundraiser for the church’s men’s ministry. The Christian View magazine’s article included nine photographs from the event.

The Christian View magazine attended Relay for Life of Oconee County, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, held in Seneca. The Christian View magazine’s article included more than 80 photographs, including of the survivors lap, caregivers lap, teams lap, Walhalla Boy Scouts, luminaries, speakers, music by Valisa Smith and Tanner Stephens and Bradley Webb, and more.

The Christian View magazine attended Six Mile’s Issaqueena Festival, and The Christian View magazine’s 25 photographs of the event included area churches (Keowee Baptist Church, Mile Creek Baptist Church, Ridgeland Drive Baptist Church, Kings Grove Baptist Church, Gap Hill Church of God, Central Independent Baptist Church), Six Mile Volunteer Fire Department, a car show, dunking booth, and the Ice Cream Man, Wayne Atkinson, with his daughter, Traci Weisner, and granddaughter, Laura Caroline.

The Christian View magazine attended the Memorial Day ceremony held at Pickens’ Sunrise Cemetery by members of the American Legion Pickens Post 11. The Christian View magazine’s in-depth article included more than 50 photographs, including of American Legion members, members of the Knights of Columbus, the keynote speaker and Senior Trooper and Community Relations Officer Joe Hovis with the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the singing of the national anthem by Luke Brazinski, the reading of the poem “In Flanders Fields” by Kimberly Kirck, veterans including Stanley Aultman, members of the Pickens County Legislative Delegation, and more.

The Christian View magazine attended the Post Everlasting Ceremony held on Memorial Day at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Pickens, as members of the American Legion Pickens Post 11 paid tribute to veterans buried at the cemetery since the previous Memorial Day. The Christian View magazine’s article included 60 photographs from the ceremony.

The Christian View magazine attended the Traditional Memorial Day ceremony held by members of The Fleet Reserve Association Branch 15 and the American Legion Pickens Post 11 at the Six Mile Town Hall. The Christian View magazine’s article included photos from the event and the speech by Tom von Kaenel.

Summer, 2017:

The Christian View magazine attended the dedication ceremony (and tree planting ceremony) of the Holly Springs Center, which opened in the former Holly Springs Elementary School. Participating were Holly Springs Center Chair Abby Baker and Vice Chair Dr. Betty McDaniel, Pickens County Council Chair Roy Costner and member Wes Hendricks, State Representative Davey Hiott, and Ken Keith. The Christian View magazine’s in-depth article included 50 photographs.

The Christian View magazine attended a fundraiser for MARY’S House (a shelter for victims of domestic violence), held at Mount Carmel Baptist Church. The event included a meal prepared by members of the Easley Moose Lodge, a classic car show, and music by the Sweet Potato Pie Kids and The Accidental String Band. The Christian View magazine’s article included more than 40 photographs.

The Christian View magazine interviewed Pickens County YMCA Mentor Director Cindy Perry for an in-depth article on the Y Mentor program, which pairs adult mentors from the community with at-risk students in the school district.

The Christian View magazine attended the opening ceremony for the Honoring Their Service Ride, held at the J.B. ‘Red’ Owens Recreational Complex in Easley. From there, combat veterans from the Marine Special Operations Command and members of the Wounded Warriors Regiment and their escorts, including the Marine Corps League, drove by Rock Springs Baptist Church and turned on Highway 123 and then through Main Street in downtown Easley, through Liberty, Norris, Central, Clemson, and Seneca to their destination at Keowee Key. Along the way, they were greeted by local citizens showing their support for the veterans. The two-fold purpose for the Honoring Their Service Ride was to give veterans some much needed rest and relaxation and also to allow citizens a chance to say thank you to those veterans. The Christian View magazine’s article included more than 100 photographs from the event.

The Christian View magazine attended a prayer vigil for Joe Lesley at Joe’s Ice Cream Parlor in Easley, as hundreds gathered for the purpose of fervently praying on behalf of their friend for healing from cancer. The Christian View magazine’s in-depth article included 10 photographs from the prayer vigil.

The Christian View magazine was present as the City of Pickens broke ground, and a new Doodle quilt was unveiled, for a new Doodle Park at the trailhead of the Doodle Trail. Participating were city and county officials, members of the Pickens County legislative delegation, several other officials connected with the project, and Cindy Blair, from the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail. The Pickens Doodle Quilt, a railroad crossing quilt made by Lucy Harward, was unveiled. It will go on at the head of the Doodle Trail on one of the railroad cars. The Christian View magazine’s in-depth article included 20 photographs from the event.

The Christian View magazine was present as Dr. Amber Porter and Andrew Garmon from Clemson University’s Department of Physics and Astronomy visited the Pickens library to explain, to children and adults, about the total solar eclipse that was to come later in the summer. Children assisted with demonstrating the moon’s eclipse of the sun. The Christian View magazine’s article included photographs from the event.

The Christian View magazine attended the Senior League Baseball World Series Fan Fest, held in Easley’s Old Market Square amphitheater. The Christian View magazine’s photographs of the event included all of the teams during their parade walk, and also when the teams were introduced on stage.

The Christian View magazine attended the City of Pickens’ Heroes and Kids Back-to-School Bash. Children, dressed as their favorite superheroes, met local heroes from the Pickens Police Department, Fire Department, and Rescue Squad. The Police Department held two live taser demonstrations on two new officers. The Christian View magazine’s article included 11 photographs from the event.

The Christian View magazine was present as a memorial announcement was made that Motor Racing Outreach Association (MRO), drivers, and friends of Greenville-Pickens Speedway would sponsor a room at MARY’S House in memory of two small children who died of gunshot wounds in their car outside the Speedway earlier in the summer, as victims of domestic violence. Pickens County Sheriff Rick Clark and MARY’S House Director Kristina Smith spoke during the announcement at the Speedway. Speedway Chaplain Dale Tyre gave an invocation, and driver Tasha Porter Kummer then sang the national anthem before the start of the race. The Christian View magazine’s article included eight photographs from the event.

The Christian View magazine attended the Senior League Baseball World Series (for ages 13 to 16), held at the J.B. ‘Red’ Owens Recreation Complex in Easley. The Christian View magazine published 200 game photos of the event.

The Christian View magazine attended Clemson University’s 100th birthday celebration for U.S. Army Colonel Ben Skardon, Class of 1938 and Professor Emeritus, who has completed 10 walks in the Bataan Memorial Death March in New Mexico. Skardon is the oldest participant and the only survivor of World War II’s Bataan Death March. Present for the event were university officials and Skardon’s family members and friends, as well as family members of his fellow soldier Henry Leitner, who did not make it back from the war. The Christian View magazine’s in-depth article included 55 photographs from the event.

The Christian View magazine attended the Celebration of Life service for Joe Lesley, held at Easley First Baptist Church. The service honored the life and legacy of Lesley, owner of Joe’s Ice Cream Parlor in Easley since 1972. The Christian View magazine’s in-depth article included the speakers at the service, his Pastor, Dr. John Adams, Lesley’s grandson, Taylor Baumgarner, Rev. John Parker, and Lesley’s son-in-law, Rick Baumgarner.

The Christian View magazine attended the grand opening of the Pickens County Performing Arts Center in Liberty, which featured Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields, Miss South Carolina 2017 Suzi Roberts, Miss South Carolina 2015 Daja Dial, Miss South Carolina 1986 Dawn Smith Jordan, Miss South Carolina 1985 Sherry Thrift Bradshaw, 12-year-old Luke Brazinski, and eight-year-old Riley Fincher Foster. Present were Pickens County Council members Roy Costner, Chris Bowers, Wes Hendricks, and Carl Hudson, as well as Jay Pitts, Miss South Carolina Scholarship Organization Ashley Byrd, former Liberty Mayor George Jackson, and the first Miss Liberty, Harriett Davis Gibson. Nearly $23,000 was raised for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.  The Christian View magazine’s in-depth article included 59 photographs from the event.

Autumn, 2017:

The Christian View magazine visited the Hagood Mill Historic Site and Folklife Center in Pickens. The Christian View magazine’s photographic tour included 50 photographs, including of the mill, log cabins, and Native American petroglyphs.

The Christian View magazine attended municipal meetings in Pickens County as Easley's Fort Prince George Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and municipalities in Pickens County celebrated the United States Constitution with proclamation signings recognizing the adoption of the Constitution. The Christian View magazine’s article include photographs of the signings.

The Christian View magazine attended a fundraising banquet for Child Evangelism Fellowship Greenville/Pickens District, South Carolina, for which Tommy Bowden was the keynote speaker. The Christian View magazine’s in-depth article included Bowden’s message and also speeches by CEF leaders, school district leaders, a CEF summer missionary, a CEF donor, and Good News Club volunteers, including the wife of the Pastor of Oakdale Baptist Church in Townville, South Carolina, where a Good News Club and their church shared the Gospel with Jacob Hall, who died at the age of six in a shooting at Townville Elementary School in September of 2016. The article also included 27 photographs from the event.

The Christian View magazine attended Pickens’ Venture Outdoors Day. The Christian View magazine’s more than 130 photographs included kayaking on Pickens’ City Lake, the Doodle Trail half marathon, rock wall climbing, astronomy workshop, archery, 5-k trail run, mountain bike race, and hiking workshop.

The Christian View magazine attended a special dedication ceremony for a baby grand piano, donated by members of the Easley High School Class of 1956 to their alma mater, in memory of their classmate Ethel Waldrop Rogers. Easley High School choral students, led by Amy Byrd, sang a selection of 1950’s music at the dedication ceremony, and the Class of 1956 joined with the students in singing the alma mater. The Christian View magazine’s article included 36 photographs from the event.

The Christian View magazine attended a special ceremony in which Lucy Harward was honored as Quilter of the Year by the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail. Harward was also honored for her service to the community through the Pickens Senior Center (the Hagood Center). Harward also led The Christian View magazine on a tour of the Senior Center. The Christian View magazine’s in-depth article included 93 photographs from the ceremony and of the Senior Center.

The Dream Center of Pickens County’s fashion show fundraiser, organized by Libby Dalton, raised funds for The Dream Center’s Opportunity Village and focused on the changed lives of Opportunity Village residents, who were some of the models in the fashion show. The Christian View magazine’s in-depth article included interviews with each of the Opportunity Village residents and 39 photographs, including of a tour through The Dream Center and Opportunity Village.

The Christian View magazine attended the 39th annual Pumpkin Festival at the Oolenoy Community Building (the former Oolenoy School) in Pumpkintown. The Christian View magazine’s 86 photographs of the event included music by The Sweet Potato Pie Kids, SeraphSong, and Randall Martin; Oolenoy history; Pickens High School students and non-profit organizations including the Pickens Recreation Department, Pumpkintown Community Club, Pumpkintown Fire Department, and the Knights of Columbus; rides; pumpkins; the crowd; and more.

The Christian View magazine attended MARY’S House’s prayer vigil, held outside Easley City Hall. The vigil commemorated Domestic Violence Awareness Month and served to bring awareness to the issue of domestic violence and to remember victims and their families. Speakers included MARY’S House Board member Nicole Hemphill, State Senator Rex Rice, Sheriff Rick Clark, MARY’S House Executive Director Kristina Smith, MARY’S House Board Secretary Kelly Giambrone, MARY’S House Board member Sallie Housley, and MARY’S House Board Chair Brian Cowan. Music was provided by Lt. Tony Tilley of the Anderson Police Department. The Christian View magazine’s in-depth article included 15 photographs from the vigil.

The Christian View magazine attended the groundbreaking ceremony at the Hagood Mill Historic Site and Folklife Center in Pickens for the reconstruction of the 18th Century Burdine Lodge, which has historic connections to the Methodist Church. The Christian View magazine’s in-depth article included speeches by Pickens County Attorney Ken Roper, Pickens County Council member Wes Hendricks of Pickens, Pickens County Historical Society Senior Vice President Wayne Kelley, Pickens County Historical Society member Chuck Blowers, South Carolina Methodist Foundation President Dr. Roger Gramling, and Bishop L. Jonathan Holston of the United Methodist Church in the South Carolina Annual Conference, who gave the dedication and blessing. In addition to Kelley, Blowers, Holston, Gramling, and Hendricks, also participating in the groundbreaking were Hagood Mill Historic Site Curator Billy Crawford, Pickens County Historical Society President Ken Nabors, Pickens Mayor David Owens, State Senator Rex Rice, Pickens City Council members Lois Porter and Patrick Lark, State Rep. Gary Clary, State Rep. Davey Hiott, and Burdine relatives. Lib Porter and her daughter, Tara Porter, sang “Brethren, We Have Met to Worship.” Mount Bethel-Porters Chapel United Methodist Church Pastor Rev. Richard ‘Dick’ Waldrep gave the invocation. The article included 13 photographs from the event.

The Christian View magazine attended the Pickens County Literacy Association’s book sale fundraiser, held at Pickens Presbyterian Church, and interviewed Bill Shields, who leads the organization. Volunteer tutors have taught adults to read since 1969, when the organization was founded by the late newspaper Editor Ben Bagwell.

The Christian View magazine attended the Upcountry Quilters Guild’s biennial judged quilt show, featuring 140 quilts and held in the fellowship hall of Pickens View Wesleyan Church. The Christian View magazine’s article included 40 photographs from the show.

The Christian View magazine attended a special ceremony in which Easley’s Fort Prince George Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) honored local Vietnam-era veterans and their families in long overdue recognition of their service to our country. The event was part of the Vietnam War 50th Commemoration Presentation Partnership, as authorized by the U.S. Congress. The ceremony included keynote speaker and Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) Foothills Chapter President Patrick Ramsey, National State Representative of the Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 523 Hope Summers, VVA Chaplain Peter Flink, the Pickens Concert Choir, the Wren High School ROTC, bagpiper Roger Kilpatrick, Steve Ehrlich, Sherry Harris of the Pickens County Veterans Affairs Office, and “Taps” played by Larry Orr. All Vietnam veterans in attendance were recognized and presented a lapel pin and certificate. The Christian View magazine’s in-depth article included more than 130 photographs from the event.

The Christian View magazine visited the Vietnam Moving Wall during its Veterans Day week visit to the Upstate. The wall was displayed at the Westminster office of Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative. On the first day of its display, The Christian View magazine interviewed Director of Oconee County Veterans Affairs Jerry Dyar, Assistant Director of Oconee County Veterans Affairs Janice Matheson Holbrooks, Paul and Kim Chen, who have been driving the Wall to sites across the country, and veterans and veterans’ family members who visited the Wall. The Christian View magazine’s in-depth article included 39 photographs.

The Christian View magazine attended Oconee County’s official opening ceremony for the visit of the Vietnam Moving Wall, held on the second day of its display. Oconee County Veterans Affairs Director Jerry Dyar served as Master of Ceremonies for the event, and other speakers included Amy Childress from Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative, U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, and U.S. Congressman Jeff Duncan. Veteran Truman Holbrooks gave the invocation, and veteran Del Williams led in the Pledge of Allegiance. Don Bickers read aloud the names of the 21 men from Oconee County who died in Vietnam while Harvey Spencer sounded the toll of the bell for each name. Jon Busch played "Taps." Members of the Walhalla High School JROTC participated in the event, including with the Prisoner of War/Missing in Action ceremony. Wreaths were placed by representatives from all of Oconee County's veterans organizations. American Pride, a Statler Brothers tribute band, sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "More Than a Name on a Wall." Veteran Tom Carroll gave the benediction. The Christian View magazine’s in-depth article included more than 165 photographs.

The Christian View magazine attended Oconee County’s closing ceremony for the Vietnam Moving Wall's visit to Oconee County, held on the fourth day of its display. Oconee County Veterans Affairs Director Jerry Dyar served as Master of Ceremonies and gave the invocation, and speakers included Denise McCormick of Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative, Oconee County Assistant Veterans Affairs Director Janice Holbrooks, and State Senator Thomas Alexander from Oconee County. Veteran Frank Kuhn read aloud the names of the 21 men from Oconee County who died in Vietnam while veteran Harvey Spencer sounded the toll of the bell for each name. Jon Busch played "Taps." Wreaths were retrieved from each of Oconee County's veterans service organizations. Veteran Tom Carroll gave the benediction. The Christian View magazine’s in-depth article included 42 photographs.

The Christian View magazine attended the Make America Great Again, God’s Way rally, held at the Pickens County Peforming Arts Center in Liberty. Dr. David Gallamore, Pastor of Rock Springs Baptist Church in Easley, delivered the message, and music was provided by Gospel groups Abishai and The Inspirations. Speakers included Liberty Mayor Eric Boughman and Dan Alexander, and those in attendance included Mayor-Elect Brian Petersen, members of Pickens County Council and Liberty City Council, State Senator Rex Rice, and State Representative Davey Hiott. Rev. Danny Parton closed in prayer. The Christian View magazine’s in-depth article included 48 photographs of the event.

The Christian View magazine attended a presentation by local author and outdoorsman Dennis Chastain on the topic ‘Cherokees of the Carolinas.’ The slideshow lecture was held before a standing-room only crowd at the Pickens County Museum of Art and History in Pickens. The Christian View magazine included 13 photographs from Chastain’s presentation.

The Christian View magazine visited and photographed exhibits inside the Pickens County Museum of Art and History in Pickens. The Christian View magazine included 80 photographs.

The Christian View magazine visited Wayne Madden’s ‘sign barn’, an historic barn in Pickens covered with classic signs, and small log cabin. The Christian View magazine’s photographic tour included more than 20 photographs.

The Christian View magazine attended the Hagood Mill Historic Site and Folklife Center’s Native American Celebration, remembering the Native American history of Pickens County. The Christian View magazine included 75 photographs of the event.

Christmas, 2017:

The Christian View magazine attended the Christmas tree lighting held at Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative in Pickens. The occasion marked the final tree lighting for Charles Dalton as President, as he retired at the end of December. Alan Blackmon, who retired due to having had a liver transplant, had the honor of lighting the majestic tree. 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. The Christian View magazine’s in-depth article included 23 photographs from the event.

An early December snow fell over Pickens County. One beautiful sight was captured by Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative staff member Elaine Banks, who photographed the Christmas tree in front of the Blue Ridge Electric Co-op’s office in Pickens, covered in snow and with Christmas lights aglow.

Pizza Inn of Pickens was a drop-off site for Country Santa, where folks donated toys to be given to children through Country Santa. Country Santa and his elves have brought Christmas presents to thousands of children each year for the past four decades. Inside each bag of toys is a note, “With love from Jesus and Country Santa.”  Country Santa’s workshop is located in the Oolenoy area north of Pickens, and an article, accompanied by photographs, can be read in The Christian View magazine. The Christian View magazine’s Publisher first visited Country Santa’s workshop and began writing about Country Santa in 1999.

The Christian View magazine was given a tour of the historic Bowen house in Pickens by the current owners of the home, Scott and Christina Carrick. The house, built in 1880, was originally home to the maternal grandparents of Ben Robertson (1903-1943), author of Red Hills and Cotton and I Saw England and Travelers Rest and a war correspondent during World War II. Robertson wrote of his grandparents’ home in Red Hills and Cotton. The Carricks beautifully decorated their home for Christmas, with more than 20 Christmas trees and other decorations. The Christian View magazine’s article included 77 photographs.

The Christian View magazine attended WGOG’s The Evening Sports Page’s Miracle Kids Christmas, with Ron Scarborough and Cade Crenshaw, on location in Powdersville. The occasion marked Scarborough’s return to radio following his stroke. Joining Scarborough and Crenshaw were ‘miracle kids’ who have survived different diseases and their parents. The Christian View magazine’s article included six photographs from the event.

The Christian View magazine visited ‘Tiny Town’ in Easley, which has been a Christmas tradition for Pickens County residents for four decades. The Christian View magazine’s photographic tour included more than 40 photographs.