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Peace, love and art cars June 11

Antiques & Art Car Artist Market Saturday, June 11
    Why let boring happen to your car when art can happen to it?
    Why go with a standard one-tone paint job when you can paint an eccentric, brightly colored mural and attach flamboyant items to the hood, roof and bumper? 

School Board Post 1 runoff between White and Cowart July 26


     The school board Post 1 runoff between Katherine White and Mike Cowart will be the only race on the ballot July 26th.
    In the primary vote last week, White, a former classroom teacher, took 44 percent of the vote with 1,715 ballots against the current school board chair Cowart’s 39 percent with 1,524 votes. Third candidate Larry Cantrell received 17 percent of the votes.

See full story in this week's print or online editions.

Last night’s storms “hard and fast,” said fire chief

Localized damage reported in South Main Street area


Flooding at Arrowhead Country Club off Camp Road.

The bridge is usually five feet above the water.


         Storms that rolled through Pickens early evening on Wednesday, June 1 were “hard and fast,” according to Jasper Fire Chief Steve Roper, and produced localized damage, downing trees and power lines in one area of Jasper.

‘We’re hopeful’ says mother of 4 year old with cancer


    Eligh Ingram’s cancer level has been reduced to Stage III.

    Earlier this year the outlook was grim for four-year-old Eligh Ingram, who was diagnosed with Stage IV Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer.
    Even though there are no guarantees, his family got good news last week.

Shooting the Breeze with Lee Shiver, former Pickens schools superintendent

Renegade educator talks multiple firings, questioning authority and throwing ice at squirrels


    When he was a former Pickens school superintendent Lee Shiver was never without suit and tie. On the day of this interview, he had a pony-tail and was wearing a Hawaiian shirt, shorts, baseball cap, Converse tennis shoes with no socks, and a rubber clown nose. 

     Since retiring as an educator, Lee Shiver has lived in Pickens County for about a year, keeping a low profile. Previously he served as superintendent of schools here from 1999 through 2005 and was also involved in numerous civic and church groups.


See Shiver's full interview in this week's print or online editions.