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Miss Palmetto Pageant Saturday

Seven contestants will compete for the title of Miss Palmetto during the Miss Palmetto Pageant this Saturday. The pageant will be held at Palmetto High School and starts at 6 p.m. Tickets Read More »

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Gatewood entrance safe for emergency vehicles

Rolling Proof Test shows By David Meade In an effort to show that the entranceway into the Gatewood subdivision is safe for vehicle traffic, an engineer working for the Anderson County Transportation Read More »

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Spruell named AC Firefighter of the Year

Don Spruell, (R) first lieutenant with the West Pelzer Fire Department received the highest award given by the Anderson County Fire Protection Commission Monday night. West Pelzer Fire Chief David Huff is Read More »

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Proof-rolling test done at Gatewood entrance

A fully loaded Williamston Fire Engine was driven across the Gatewood entrance culvert overpass several times while engineers checked for problems Monday morning. Terry Bragg, an engineer with CoTransco, the consulting and Read More »

Miss Palmetto Pageant Saturday

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Seven contestants will compete for the title of Miss Palmetto during the Miss Palmetto Pageant this Saturday. The pageant will be held at Palmetto High School and starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10.

Competing are four seniors, two sphpomores and one freshman. Seniors include Kendal Beacham, Mackenzie Heatherly, Brooke Meeks and Rebekah Parris. Also sophomores Katie Bowman and Emily Gilliland and and freshman Lyndsay Agnew.

A special day for a Ariel

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Make-A-Wish Foundation

by Richard Meade

Spearman School Area, January 15, 2015 – Thursday was cold and overcast with temperatures in the low 40’s and a slight breeze, not a typical day for any child to go out and play. But Ariel, age 3 and not a typical child, was excited and ready to go outside to see her new pirate ship playhouse which was built specially for her by the Make-A-Wish® Foundation.

You could see the excitement in Ariel’s eyes and hear her small voice expressing eagerness to go outside. Excitement also spread to a crowd which had assembled inside the house and out in the back yard waiting to see Ariel’s reaction. (The crowd included friends, family, Make-A-Wish staff, a nurse, church friends, an early interventionist and others.)

There were pirate hats, masks, balloons and a pirate cake because “Ariel loves pirates” her Grandmother Kathy Barker said.

As Ariel was rolled down the long ramp toward the big pirate ship with a black pirate flag flying over the bow, it was obvious that the big playhouse met her approval. The playhouse includes a ramp so she can be rolled up to the main deck and access the helm, a slide, three swings with one designed for Ariel’s frail frame.

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Ariel and pirate ship

Katlyn Gould Wish Manager for Make -A-Wish recently realized a dream of her own when she assisted in making a wish come true for Ariel, an area three-year-old.

West Pelzer approves Greenville Water contract

By Stan Welch

Following several months of tweaking of contractual language and meetings with representatives of the Greenville Water Company, West Pelzer Town Council voted unanimously to accept a proposed purchase agreement that will insure the Town both adequate capacity for its future needs as well as lower costs for water.

Greenville Water, with assurances of the level of need anticipated in the future, can more accurately proceed with its applications for permits to withdraw water from its various sources. DHEC approves and issues those permits.

Woodmont Middle Teacher Honored for Teaching Patriotism

Gail Rodrigues, a special education teacher at Woodmont Middle School, recently received the District 4 Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award. The award recognizes exceptional teachers for their outstanding commitment to teaching Americanism and patriotism to their students. Mrs. Rodrigues will now advance to the state-level competition. Andrea Fowler, parent of a former student, submitted the nomination for Rodrigues. “Mrs. Rodrigues is always there to encourage the students. She is a ‘one-of-a-kind’ teacher. She continues to check on her students even after they leave class for the year,” she said.

Woodmont to recognize Hall of Fame inductees

The Woodmont High School Athletic Hall of Fame will be recognizing their second HOF class on Jan. 30 at the home baskeball game against Greenville. The five inductees in this year’s class (Class of 2015) are Sherry Carter, Sam Perry, Donald Crowe, Kristi Kerns Farmer and Gary Moon.

The evening will also include special recognition of the Woodmont Girl’s Basketball Conference Champions from 1977, 1979, and 1980 who will be recognized during halftime of the girl’s game and the 2014 Hall of Fame Class who will be introduced between the girls and boys game at 7:15 p.m.

Sherry Carter was a physical education teacher and coached women’s basketball, volleyball, softball, gymnastics, and track and field at Woodmont.

Board approves personnel requests, extends superintendents contract

By David Meade

During their regular monthly meeting Tuesday, Anderson School District One Board of Trustees elected officers, approved the 2015-16 school calendar, approved food sevice policy and personnel including extending the contract for Superintendent David Havird.

First order of business was the election of school board officers: Fred Alexander was elected to serve as Chairman, Nancy Upton will serve as Vice-Chair. David Merritt will serve as Secretary.

Melissa Hood will continue to represent District One on the Anderson County Alternative School Board. Dr. Doug Atkins and Nancy Upton will continue to represent District One on the Anderson Districts 1 & 2 Career and Technology Center Board.

District One Finance Director Travis Thomas reported that student enrollment was up by 200 students, which will result in an additional $400,000 in budget revenue from the state.

2015-2016 SCHOOL CALENDAR

Anderson Districts One, Two, Three, Four, and Five

AUGUST

August 12. 13, 14, 17 – Professional Development Day

August 18 – First Student Day

SEPTEMBER

September 7 – Labor Day Holiday

Gatewood entrance safe for emergency vehicles

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Rolling Proof Test shows

By David Meade

In an effort to show that the entranceway into the Gatewood subdivision is safe for vehicle traffic, an engineer working for the Anderson County Transportation Committee (ACTC) and the Williamston Fire Department performed a load test on the roadway and underlying culvert Monday morning.

Terry Bragg, an engineer with CoTransco, the consulting and program management firm recently hired by the ACTC inspected the roadway as a fully loaded Williamston Fire Engine was driven across the culvert overpass several times.

Bragg said there was no indication of stress weakness shown during the test.

Williamston Fire Chief Steve Ellison said the fire truck weighs approximately 32,000 pounds and has an additional 8000 pounds of water.

Around the County . . .

This information concerns actions and activities of the Public Works Department of Anderson County. The information has been edited to focus on actions in the Journal readership area.

Building and Codes

· Phase III of our Substandard Housing Demolition Plan has been submitted to Purchasing for Bids. This includes a total of 10 Substandard Structures. 

· PERMITS SUBMITTED: 13 New Single-Family Dwelling and 3 Addition-Renovation; 4 Detached Garage/Storage Buildings; 10 Electrical and HVAC Upgrades; 2 Swimming Pools; 6 Demolition; 4 Commercial Including: JMS Electrical for Storage Building, Life-Safety for APG Colors & Additives, Addition to JMS Electrical, Market Square Sign; 9 Mobile Home including: New Homes, Change of Ownership, moves from other counties, change of location, etc.

· DRAWINGS SUBMITTED: Life-Safety for APG Colors & Additives in Belton, Haynie Drive Duplex, Palmetto Baptist Association Addition in Williamston, Piedmont Grill Remodel located off Hwy 81 North and various resubmittals

Anderson County Sheriff’s Report

Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated the theft of mail, car tags and various other items taken from vehicles as well as a shoplifting incident involving condoms. Among incidents investigated:

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Jan. 23 – M.T. Grant responded to a shoplifting complaint at the Super WalMart, where, upon the complaint of manager Kyle Porter, he placed Ellis Woodworth, WM, 20, under arrest for the attempted theft of a box of condoms and a tube of KY jelly.

Obituaries Week of Jan. 28, 2015

JAMES D. “BAM” THOMAS  JR., PALLIE FINLEY, NORMAN KING SR., NETA NELSON, CLARA RUTLEDGE, CHERRY IRDELL BRINSON HUNNINGS, JAMES THURMAN MORTON, WADE C. “PEE WEE” KIRK, ROSA HARRISON

News Week of Jan. 21, 2015

News Week of Jan. 21, 2015

Spruell named AC Firefighter of the Year

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Don Spruell, (R) first lieutenant with the West Pelzer Fire Department received the highest award given by the Anderson County Fire Protection Commission Monday night. West Pelzer Fire Chief David Huff is on the left. The annual county fire chiefs banquet was held at the Civic Center where the award was presented. Spruell was selected Firefighter of the Year at the West Pelzer Department and then nominated for the county award. He was chosen out of five nominees by the Anderson County Fire Chiefs Advisory Board. The award caught Spruell by surprise when his name was called at the dinner. Spruell has thirty nine years with the West Pelzer department. (Photo by David Rogers)

Proof-rolling test done at Gatewood entrance

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A fully loaded Williamston Fire Engine was driven across the Gatewood entrance culvert overpass several times while engineers checked for problems Monday morning.

Terry Bragg, an engineer with CoTransco, the consulting and program management firm recently hired by the ACTC inspected the roadway as the fire truck was driven across the culvert overpass. Bragg said there was no indication of stress weakness shown during the test.

Williamston Fire Chief Steve Ellison said the fire truck weighs approximately 32,000 pounds and has an additional 8000 pounds of water.

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