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Where did it come from? Theories about mystery bamboo patches

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     photo/Angela Reinhardt

     Large, thick bamboo patches like this one on Highway 53 East can be found all over the county. We spoke with a former County Agent and a Master Gardener to get some insight about how these non-native plants got here. 

     State Rep. Rick Jasperse, Pickens’ County Agent for over three decades, moved here in the early 1980s and became curious about something that’s raised my eyebrows, too – giant patches of bamboo, some 30 or 40 feet high, that dot seemingly random spots across the county.  All those years ago, Jasperse took it upon himself to figure out how the towering plant made its way to Pickens, so he went to the best resource he could think of – “the old timers.” 

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


The Summer of '69 Part I: Music, murder, mayhem, and the moon!

Part I of a three-part series about the iconic Summer of '69 on its 50 year anniversary. 

No. 2

By Larry Cavender

Contributing writer


It was the dawning of the "Age of Aquarius"!

At least, that was the promise proclaimed in the words of a song topping the charts 50 years ago.

The song, "Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In," had been number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart for eight consecutive weeks, finally dropping from the top spot on June 3rd, 1969. The lyrics of the song by the popular singing group, the Fifth Dimension, declared the Age of Aquarius would begin, "When the moon is in the seventh house, and Jupiter aligns with Mars, then peace will rule the planets, and love will steer the stars."

      See Part I in this week's edition, followed by Parts II and III in the next two editions. 

History flourishes as Hinton celebrates Decoration Day

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In the early days of Decoration, graves were decorated with live flowers or ones made with crepe paper. Today, nearly all the flowers used are artificial.


Decoration was held in Hinton last Sunday at the outdoor Arbor, a tradition that’s been around for many years in the patch of Pickens County’s west end that lays claim to being one of the oldest sites of the Christian religion here, pre-dating the creation of the county itself. 

“For the second Sunday every June for as long as I can remember Decoration and Homecoming have been going on here,” said Johnny Barnes. Barnes is a life-long resident of Hinton and a retired FFA teacher. 

Read more: History flourishes as Hinton celebrates Decoration Day

Pepsi or Coke at the park?

Rec. Department vendor contract up for renewal

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photo/Angela Reinhardt

Pepsi has been the drink vendor for the Pickens County Recreation Department for three years. Coke was the department’s vendor for the five years prior. This is one of several vending machines they provide at the Pickens Community Center and at Roper Park. 

The Pickens County Recreation department is considering annual contract proposals from Coke and Pepsi, both of which want to provide drinks and vending machines for their 2019/2020 season. 

Recreation Director Brian Jones presented proposals to commissioners at their June work session, who will make their decision at the regular meeting. 

Read more: Pepsi or Coke at the park?

Progress Health & Wellness Guide



Follow this link or click the image above to access the Progress' 2019 Health & Wellness special edition, which includes ads from local health-related and other businesses, as well as articles to help you live a healthy lifestyle. Included is a feature about free local program called JumpStart that teaches participants about hypertension and heart health - registering students now.