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A young woman with lots of drive: Emilee Riley sets sights on NASCAR career


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    Emilee Riley isn’t afraid of setting big goals. This Pickens native wants to race with the big dogs at NASCAR. 

At 20, Pickens native Emilee Riley already has seven years of racing in the rearview - from quarter midgets to trucks and now NASCAR’s Late Model Stock Cars – and she’s got lofty dreams of speeding into the big time as a top NASCAR driver.

One step at a time: Hales keeps positive attitude during recovery

“Not once has he been down,” said Sgt. Hales’ wife. “He has a peace that something great will come from this.”
Rick-Hales     Pickens County Sheriff Sgt. Rick Hales and his wife Selina take recovery day by day.

It’s been almost two months to the day that Pickens County Sheriff’s Sgt. Rick Hales was severely injured in an on-duty accident – but his wife Selina said her husband’s fighting spirit, strong faith and overwhelming support from the community are helping the recovery process move along.

See this week's print or online editions for the full story about Sgt. Hales' recovery.

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Probate judge David Lindsey takes one of the last fingerprints on the outdated machine,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