The Pickens Sentinel

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The Pickens Sentinel is a weekly newspaper that has published continuously since July 1871, never missing an issue except for a few Christmas weeks in later years. As such, it is the oldest continuous business in Pickens County. Once, when the newsprint did not arrive by rail for the March 6, 1873 issue, due to heavy shipments of fertilizer, the newspaper was condensed and printed on old-timey Blue Horse notebook paper. This issue is unique in the annals of South Carolina journalism, observed publisher Jerry L. Alexander, in a "Brief History of The Pickens Sentinel, in 1994. ("The Pickens Sentinel, Pickens Court House, South Carolina, 1872-1893, Historical and Genealogical Abstracts, Volume 1, compiled by Peggy Burton Rich and Marion Ard Whitehurst, Heritage Books, Inc., Bowie, Maryland, 1994, ISBN 1-55613-985-3, page xi.)