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Viewing posts published in September 2015.


The McKissick Center for Senior Wellness is Officially Open!

Published: September 29, 2015

The McKissick Center is the home of the newly established Pickens County Meals on Wheels kitchen, its home-delivered meal program, and the Young at Heart dining and activity program. An official grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony was held July 24, 2015. Notable guests included: SC Lt. Governor, Henry McMaster; Director of the Office on Aging, Yancey McGill; McKissick Family Foundation member, Robert Thomas; Senator Larry Martin; Representative Neal Collins and Pickens County Councilman, G. Neil Smith. 


Director Says Tourism Major Industry in Pickens County

Published: September 17, 2015

By Vince Jackson 864-650-0585

Pickens—Tourists bring $96.85 million dollars into Pickens County each year and account for 1,275 tourism-related jobs, according to the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism.

Helen Hockwalt, tourism and marketing director for Pickens County, told the Pickens County Taxpayers Association this week tourism is an industry; one of the county’s largest. 


Watch you like a hawk

Published: September 17, 2015

by Don Hendershot writing for Smoky Mountain Living Magazine

Each September, the skies over Southern Appalachia set the stage for one of nature’s most beautiful and spectacular dances—the migration of the raptors. 

These birds of prey fill the skies by the millions as they pirouette, cartwheel, circle, climb high in thermals, and soar on updrafts en route to their winter homes in Central and South America.

Caesars Head State Park in Upstate South Carolina makes one of the region’s best spots for glimpsing hawks on the move. Located where the Blue Ridge Escarpment rises abruptly from the South Carolina Piedmont, the park provides the perfect storm of flying conditions to attract migrating hawks. Jutting into the air some 2,000 feet, the rugged granite promontory of Caesars Head offers wildlife lovers a front-row platform to catch nature’s annual aerial ballet.


Hagood Creek Petroglyph Site Opens at Hagood Mill

Published: September 10, 2015

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