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Firearm purchases skyrocket during uncertain times
Josh Fitts of Appalachian Gun & Pawn demonstrates how to load a Ruger Scout Rifle. The Fitts family, who owns the store, says the most popular guns are Glocks, Smith & Wessons and Rugers. In just two days the store sold 12 guns.
A report released last month from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms showed a massive spike in national firearms manufacturing in recent years, which more than doubled since 2008 and more than tripled since 2001.
Local gun shop sales and weapons carry permit issuances echo national figures, showing a consistent rise over the last few years.
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Sean Mullett approaches the Twin Lakes aid station Saturday evening during a leg of the Leadville 100. Mullett had just finished the famed Hope Pass climb where he ascended 3,200 feet - twice.
Just before 5 a.m. Sunday morning while it was still dark and temperatures were dipping into the low 30s in Leadville, Colorado, Sean Mullett was running up a section of road called The Boulevard in what would be the last three miles of the famed 100 mile Race Across the Sky trail run that took him through 100 miles of extreme Colorado Rockies terrain - from elevations of 9,200 to 12,600 feet.
Junktiques, an antique store on Highway 515, held the winning ticket on the Pickens County Chamber of Commerce auto raffle Saturday.
Store owners, Marilyn Pitts and J.R. McCarthy opted for the $20,000 cash option, presented Monday at their store. Presenting them the check are Lexi Hardman and Regina Camp from the chamber of commerce (pictured above).
An early morning shot of Pickens County crews hydroseeding a patch of land on Highway 53 West on Tuesday, August 25. The hydroseeding concoction is a mixture of water, seed, fertelizer and ground up newspaper (which helps it stick to the ground). Crews were seeding the day after a hole was bored in the ground to access utility lines.
Both property and sales taxes were tackled by the school board in a mammoth meeting Thursday lasting four hours.
The Pickens Board of Education (BOE) approved a tentative budget that will hold property taxes flat for the next year, with a millage rate of 16.1. This is the same tax rate used since 2012.
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