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District One loses opener in extra innings

SC District One’s Chase Kinsey (12) of TL Hanna drops the bat and heads to first after a third strike gets past the catcher during Big League World Series play on Tuesday Read More »

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Three people injured

Three people were injured in a two vehicle accident on Thursday evening in The Three and Twenty community. A pickup truck and a car collided in the intersection of Ridge Road and Read More »

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Peeler visits Farmers Market

Former Lt. Governor Bob Peeler shakes hands with Walter Cook of The Lazy Farmer during his visit to the Palmetto Farmers Market at Williamston’s Mineral Spring Park on Thursday, July 23. (Photo Read More »

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Mill Town Players ending inaugural season with “Grease”

By David Meade The Mill Town Players opening weekend performance of “Grease” was held before an enthusiastic crowd who enjoyed the entertaining and electrifying musical based in the 1950s. Held in the Read More »

Future of Williamston EMS, County EMS being considered

By Stan Welch

As questions continue to arise about the status of the Williamston EMS squad, questions about the future of EMS operations across the county are also being asked. But Medshore owner and operator Greg Shore and his staff are preparing a proposal for a county wide EMS system to be presented to the County Council in the coming months.

Shore, the first certified EMT in the state of South Carolina, owns the private ambulance and medical care provider Medshore. That company has taken over the operations and responsibilities of the Williamston unit, after SLED began investigating various aspects of the unit’s operations and management.

The latest setback for the squad was the repossession of four of its ambulances.

District One readies for new school year

Expecting large enrollment

By David Meade

Anderson School District One Board members heard about preparations being made for the new school year and approved personnel during their meeting Tuesday. Superintendent David Havird outlined top priorities in readying the District’s fourteen schools for the 2015-16 school year. Havird said preparations have been “very positive” and are being made “in a very smooth fashion.”

According to Havird work is being done on two practice fields and in school buildings including maintenance upgrades, new floors and phone systems. Powdersville Middle is getting new tile and carpet in the seventh and eighth grade wings. “We are on track to open this school year in a very positive fashion,” Havird said.

Havird told the board the District is seeing a lot of new students. “It would not surprise me to see 150 to 200 new students. There are a lot of new families moving in.” Havird said the District could have enrollment of 9900 to 10,000 students this year.

Adult Education making a difference in School District One

By David Meade

During their regular monthly meeting Tuesday, the Anderson School District One Board heard a report on how the adult education program is faring.

District One Superintendent David Havirdsaid the adult education program, which had been under the supervision of the Anderson Districts One and Two Career and Technology Center for years, was brought under District One supervision last year.

“It has worked better in a school environment than a career and technology environment,” Havird said. “It is a very important part of Anderson District One.” The program is housed in the old Pelzer Elementary school building and works to award diplomas and GEDs to students ages 17 to 70, according to Havird. 

Adult Education Director Janice Walpole said the program began offering the GED test on computers in January which are designed to evaluate students being prepared to graduate college and for career testing. Walpole said the program had seven graduates during the first session, sixteen the second and a total of 34 between January and June.

Spring Water Festival coming up August 21-22

Organizers of the Spring Water Festival are finalizing plans for the annual event which is only three weeks away.

The family friendly two day festival, celebrating their 34th year, will be held August 21 and 22 in Williamston’s Mineral Spring Park and will feature more than 100 craft and business vendors, the area’s largest antique and classic auto show, kids activities, amusement rides, live music and other special attractions. Vendors offer a variety of delicious festival food items and specialties with some new offerings.

The festival will kick off on Friday night with Beach Music by the Carolina Coast Band,featuring nonstop, energetic Carolina beach and shag music as well as a flavor of party music and oldies.

Entertainment on Saturday will include the Royal Scotsmen Band, Blue Sky Band, Jake Bartley Band, Rockabilly group Honey and the Hot Rods and headliner Austin Webb. The all day gospel stage will feature award winning gospel group Eternal Vision from Knoxville Tennessee along with 12 others.

Market analysis gives picture of shopping area

By David Meade

Members of the Greater Williamston Business Association recently heard a presentation based on market analysis information being gathered as part of the Envision Williamston process that is currently underway. Tee Coker of Arnett Muldrow and Associates told the business group that overall the area is not doing too bad and is “actually very competitive.”

Coker presented information on purchasing, spending, income and where customers are coming from, and going.

Town issues being discussed in mayor-council work session

By Stan Welch

Williamston Mayor Mack Durham met with two members of the town council in a work session Tuesday to preview some of the issues that will be on the agenda at next week’s Council meeting.

Leading the discussion were the preparations needed to prepare and submit the Town’s NPDES permit,which allows them to operate the waste water system. The town has received several bids from companies seeking to do the engineering work and various studies needed to prepare the permit. The bids range from $17,000 to $19,500.

Councilman Otis Scott once again raised the issue of the Gray Drive bridge. After a brief discussion, town attorney Lee Cole was instructed to arrange for a meeting between town, county and railroad officials.

Williamston Police Report

Williamston Police Officers made several drug related arrests in addition to investigating suspicious persons and flim flam incident.

July 27 – Two people were arrested for drug charges after a suspicious blue vehicle was observed in the parking lot of Autech at 400 Palmetto Rd., Williamston. Hector Luis Montes was found to be wanted on an outstanding warrant in Oconee County. Upon investigation a red glass pipe and a lighter were found in his pocket. Also found in a Hello Kitty wallet in Shockley’s purse was a set of digital scales, two empty red baggies containing trace amounts of unknown substance, one baggie with a white brownish substance, one Batman decal and one neon yellow razor and white plastic straw.

Anderson County Sheriff’s Report

Anderson County sheriff’s Deputies investigated the following incidents:

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July 24 – K. Evatt and Z.W. Crane responded to the WalMart at 14410 Anderson Rd. where they questioned Jennifer Hernandez, WF, 35, 5’4″, 180 pounds about charges of shoplifting brought by the store. She was not arrested because she had no one to take charge of her one year old child, but she was given a court date and placed on trespass notice.

District One loses opener in extra innings

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SC District One’s Chase Kinsey (12) of TL Hanna drops the bat and heads to first after a third strike gets past the catcher during Big League World Series play on Tuesday night in Easley. District One scored two runs in the fifth but lost to the West 2-4 in the eighth inning. (Photos by Michael Lollis)

Obituaries Week of July 29, 2015

VENEZUELA REID BILLUPS, EVELYN ‘LYNN’ POWELL, JESSE B. KYLE SR., JERRY TYLE VICKERY, MIRIAM SMITH, JAMES TIMOTHY SLICE, STEVEN DAVIS, REV. RAYMON KENNEDY

News Week of July 22, 2015

News Week of July 22, 2015

Three people injured

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Three people were injured in a two vehicle accident on Thursday evening in The Three and Twenty community. A pickup truck and a car collided in the intersection of Ridge Road and East Church Road. Two people in the car and the driver of the truck were taken to an area hospital. Three and Twenty firefighters assisted Pelzer EMS with patient care. (Photo by David Rogers)

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Peeler visits Farmers Market

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Former Lt. Governor Bob Peeler shakes hands with Walter Cook of The Lazy Farmer during his visit to the Palmetto Farmers Market at Williamston’s Mineral Spring Park on Thursday, July 23. (Photo by Michael Lollis)

Greenville County investigating armed robbery of pizza driver

Greenville County Deputies are investigating an armed robbery of a pizza delivery driver Wednesday. According to reports, at approximately 9:45 pm deputies with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office were searching for several subjects that were suspected of committing the armed robbery earlier in the day.

Deputies located a vehicle occupied by several individuals near the intersection of Staunton Bridge Rd and Lakeside Rd. that they believed to be involved in the earlier incident. As deputies approached the car, the driver put the car in motion and struck two patrol cars, still occupied by the deputies.

Mill Town Players ending inaugural season with “Grease”

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By David Meade

The Mill Town Players opening weekend performance of “Grease” was held before an enthusiastic crowd who enjoyed the entertaining and electrifying musical based in the 1950s. Held in the historic Pelzer Auditorium, the live theater show is the final production of the Mill Town Players inaugural season which included six full productions and two concerts.

The play will continue over the next three weeks, with performances on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through August 8.

The Mill Town Players began their season last year with Always Patsy Cline and followed by a state and regional award-winning Dark of the Moon and A Christmas Carol.. Concerts included A Country Christmas and a Pelzer Gospel Homecoming. Other productions included Alice in Wonderland, an origianl adaptation of Treasure Island and ending with Grease.

“Grease is one of those shows that everyone seems to love,” Director Will Ragland said. “You know the songs, you love the characters and you connect to the era of the 1950s.”

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