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Recycle tires for free in April


[Correction: An earlier version of this article indicted different size tires were being accepted for free. However, the only size tires being accepted for free are passenger vehicle tires that are taken off the rim.]

 Scrap tires can be reclaimed and used for good – tire swings, planters, door mats, homebuilding – but they can also be piled on the side of roadways, in rivers or in front yards. 
    In an effort to keep tires from becoming unsightly litter, the county has teamed up with Keep Pickens Beautiful for Great American Cleanup Month to offer free tire recycling in April. 

Weapons carry licenses skyrocket

Probate office now a “one stop” permit shop

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Probate judge David Lindsey takes one of the last fingerprints on the outdated machine,

scheduled to be replaced.

     The number of weapons carry licenses issued in Pickens has exploded in the last five years, and even though  Probate Judge David Lindsey doesn’t think he’ll have to hire another employee, the high-volume of applications – up 178 percent since 2011 - is more than he’d anticipated.

Ed B’s sculpture takes Best in Show at Atlanta airport


    Visitors to the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport will see work from Pickens artist Ed Brackin on display, including his Best in Show winner “The Saxman.” 

Jasper-based artist Ed Brackin - owner of Ed B’s Studio 54 - hit the right note with “The Saxman,” his metal sculpture that was selected as Best in Show for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport’s National Arts Program Employee Art Exhibit.

At 453 pounds, blind man faces tough decision on weight loss

“I want to be here when I’m 50 for my wife and my daughter”

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Scott Rumery was blinded by a condition called Retinitis Pigmentosa, but when weighing in at nearly a quarter ton his blindness is the least of his worries. Scott is pictured with wife Bronwyn and their guide dog.

    Five years ago, Scott and Bronwyn Rumery opened up to the Progress about what life is like for a blind couple. In anticipation of creating a support group they talked a little about the dark side – the anxiety and depression that can accompany it.