Work begins on Mineral Spring Trail project

Work on Williamston’s Mineral Spring Trail project is currently underway. The multi-use walking/biking trail will begin at the Veterans Park, extend along Big Creek to the covered bridge, then along the creek Read More »


Car hits a house – Hwy. 86

Wren firefighters work at the scene of a accident on Highway 86 on Thursday morning after a car hit a house. Two people in the car were taken to Greenville Memorial Medical Read More »


Three transported – Mansion Drive

Piedmont firefighters along with Greenville EMS personnel work at the scene of a head on accident Monday evening. A pickup truck struck a van on head on Mansion Drive off Old Pelzer Read More »

Bulb out removalres

Street Enhancement project gets modification

Work to remove two of the bulbouts of Williamston’s Street Enhancement project began this week. The Town officially requested the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) make the change after numerous complaints Read More »


Single car accident – Bessie Road

One person was injured Saturday afternoon in a single car accident on Bessie Road. South Greenville firefighters along with Greenville County EMS responded to the wreck. A car ran off the roadway Read More »


Single vehicle accident – Hwy. 29

Whitefield firefighters work at the scene of a single vehicle accident on Highway 29 near Cheddar Road Sunday night. A pickup truck left the roadway and struck several trees. Williamston EMS responded Read More »


Kitchen fire – Wren Crossing Way

Firefighters wait on smoke to clear following a kitchen fire Wednesday on Wren Crossing Way. Firefighters form Wren and Powdersville were dispatched to the home. A kitchen fire was quickly brought under Read More »


Single vehicle accident – Hwy. 29

Whitefield firefighters work at the scene of a single vehicle accident on Highway 29 Friday. A pickup truck ran off the roadway and rolled up on its side and struck a tree. Read More »


One injured – Hwy. 86 Piedmont

Piedmont firefighters along with Pelzer EMS personnel work at the scene of a two vehicle accident on Sunday in Piedmont. The two vehicles collided at the intersection of Highway 86 and River Read More »

Heritage Day Saturday at Artory

Anyone with an interest in finding out more about the history of Williamston or sharing their own information or artifacts about the Williamston area is invited to attend “Williamston Heritage Day” this Saturday, April 25 at the Artory in Williamston. The event will be held from 10 am to 5 pm.

A 1930’s silent film of Williamston will be shown during Heritage Day. Organizer Susan Martin said “We have a lot of questions about the origin of the film and the names of people shown. The film shows shift changes at Gossett Mill; the Mammoth Hotel; the Goat Man; Main Street; students leaving the Goodjion school; and much more. Please invite your family members to come at no charge to see this film and help us name people. Copies of the film will be available for sale for $10 each.

The history of Williamston is being shared through memories and memorabilia that has been passed through generations of local residents. Among them, tales of energizing spring water; a thriving community of hotels, restaurants and theaters; and a school system reaching unbelievable heights are a few of the most recently told stories to local writer, Susan Martin.

Alchohol enforcement team conducts campaign

The Anderson County Sheriff’s Alcohol Enforcement Team, in conjunction with the South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services’ (DAODAS) sixth annual “Out of Their Hands” campaign, conducted two operations on Friday night, April 17.

During the operations, a total of 33 compliance checks and 7 bar checks were completed. Four tickets were issued for the illegal sale of alcohol to a minor; three of the tickets were issued in Anderson County and one ticket was issued by the Williamston Police Department for a violation in their jurisdiction.

Employees at the following three Anderson County businesses were ticketed by Sheriff’s deputies last weekend:

Work begins on Mineral Spring Trail project


Work on Williamston’s Mineral Spring Trail project is currently underway. The multi-use walking/biking trail will begin at the Veterans Park, extend along Big Creek to the covered bridge, then along the creek and behind the fire department, ending behind the town’s maintenance sheds off Minor St. The Town of Williamston received a $100,000 SCPRT grant for the multi use trail project. The grant is the first trails grant awarded in Anderson County.

Sheriff’s Office looking for local thief

Anderson County Sheriff’s investigators are actively looking for Tommy Houston Snead, Jr. in connection with recent larcenies in the Williamston area. According to reports, between 2 and 3 a.m. on the morning of March 23, Snead took two large spools of copper wiring from a residence on Anderson Highway in Williamston.

The theft was captured on the home’s surveillance system. Investigators discovered that Snead sold the wire to a scrap metal dealer that same day. Two weeks later, around the same time of the morning, Snead “visited” the residence again and stole two more large coils of copper wire. Altogether, the stolen property is valued at over $5000.

Warrants for Snead’s arrest have been issued. He is currently charged with two counts of Grand Larceny but additional charges are pending. Snead is described as a white male, age 38, 5’9″, 200 lbs., with brown hair and brown eyes. His last known address is 4 Bryant Street, Greenville. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Tommy Houston Snead, Jr. is asked to contact Investigator Daniel Martin at (864) 260-4440 or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

Pig in the Park taking applications for vendors

Organizers of the Pig in the Park BBQ Festival and Cookoff are now accepting applications for business and craft vendors interested in participating in the event on Saturday, Mar 16.

Applications are due by Apr. 30. Space fee for 12×10 space is $75. $25 for each additional five feet. No tables or chairs are provided. Canopies are welcomed and encouraged but must not exceed booth space.

Any area business or craft vedor interested in having a display booth at the festival is asked to contact Heather Holcombe at 947-6231.

Additional information and vendor application forms are available on the website at www.williamstonpiginpark.com

Post office delays delivery of Pelzer, Piedmont Journals

Notice to our Pelzer and Piedmont Subscribers:

Journal Subscribers in Pelzer and Piedmont will have delayed delivery of this week’s Journal due to lapse in the delivery service by the USPS Greenville Distribution Center. After receiving several phone call this morning (Thursday) we checked with the post office and were told The Journal papers had not been delivered to Pelzer or Piedmont Post Offices and were sitting on the dock at the Greenville Distribution Center. Postal officials told us The Journal will be delivered to our subscribers in Pelzer and Piedmont zipcodes on Friday.

We regret the delay and urge our readers to complain to their local post office about the delivery problem.

David Meade
Managing Editor
The Journal

News Week of Apr. 22, 2015

News Week of Apr. 22, 2015

Long Road closure for bridge replacement

Anderson County Roads and Bridges will close a portion of Long Road, from Wilson Road (C-06-0017) to Midway Road (S-04-0076) on Wednesday, May 5, 2015 to begin replacing the existing 59-year old narrow bridge over the Beaverdam Creek. The project is expected to take one year to complete.

The new bridge will be 36-feet wide and 60-feet long. The deck will consist of pre-cast hollow core slabs with an asphalt overlay. Adjacent roadwork will raise the structure four feet higher than it is now. All of the bridge and roadway work will be completed by Roads & Bridges crews using county general funds. The total cost of the project is anticipated to be $250,000.

The signed detour route from the SC 81 & Long Road intersection will run south 1.25 miles to Hopewell Road, east on Hopewell Road 1.95 miles to Midway Road and north on Midway Road 0.80 miles to Long Road. Only adjacent residents and delivery vehicles will be permitted within the road closure area.

Car hits a house – Hwy. 86


Wren firefighters work at the scene of a accident on Highway 86 on Thursday morning after a car hit a house. Two people in the car were taken to Greenville Memorial Medical Center by Pelzer EMS. The accident happened shortly before two o’clock when a Nissan ran off the road and through a field before crashing into the home. No one inside the home was injured. (Photo by David Rogers)

Annexation will increase Pelzer footprint

By David Meade

If Pelzer voters approve the annexation referendum June 9, the Town of Pelzer will double the current town boundaries by including the upper and lower mill villages.

It will also double that footprint again by including unincorporated areas located adjacent to and between West Pelzer and Williamston that are included in the Pelzer Voting Precinct.

By the time the paperwork is completed, the Town of Pelzer could be more than six times larger than it currently is, making it the largest, at least by footprint, of the three towns.

The unincorporated area that will be brought into the town includes properties located between Depot Road, Palmetto Road, Palmetto High practice fields, both sides of SC Highway 20 including Fred’s, and along Courtney St., to the town owned lagoon property.

Toddler playground now in Mineral Spring Park

New toddler playground equipment has been installed in Williamston’s Mineral Spring Park. Total cost for equipment $14,758.13. Shipping added $1,915.39 for total $16,673.52

The equipment includes a Super Scoot, Wally the Whale Spring Rider, Firetruck Spring Rider, ASA/Wheelchair Accessible half ramp, playground border with surfacing guide, rubber mulch and Duraliner.

The Super-D-Duper Scoot and Slide Playground was the most expensive piece at $6,653 and was discounted from original price of $13,306. It includes multiple slides and musical activities to offer physical challenges with musical education with a whistle, drums and rain wheel.

Piedmont to consider hiring out insurance related cost recovery

Holds first reading on budget

By Stan Welch

The Piedmont Public Service Commission gave first reading approval to the upcoming budget Monday night. As usual, the budget is a balanced one and includes no increase in millage. As is also usually the case, the margins between revenues and expenditures are razor thin.

The portion of the budget devoted to fire operations is based on .061 mills. Greenville County property generates $1,048,058 in revenue, while Anderson County property generates $166,263, for total revenues of $1,214,321.

Obituaries Week of Apr. 22, 2015


Initiative to begin developing Saluda River basin water plan

Clemson University, DHEC, SCDNR

By Stan Welch

Approximately one hundred stakeholders, or people with an interest in the health and future of the Saluda River basin, gathered at the ICAR campus in Greenville Tuesday. They included wildlife officials, scientists, utility providers,consumers, industry representatives, golf course operators, and anyone else connected to the Saluda.

Clemson University has recently become involved in the efforts to assess the availability of surface water in the Saluda basin, both now and in the future. The purpose of the gathering is to involve the various stakeholders in helping to develop a regional water plan, with the eventual goal of combining similar plans for the state’s other seven major river basins into a statewide water plan.

Representatives from SCDNR and SCDHEC, as well as Dr. Tim Cox, who developed the simplified water allocation model (SWAM) being used as the basis for the study, were on hand. They explained that the recently instituted surface water permitting process under DHEC has been one initiating factor in the study.

Incentives continue to drive Economic Development

By Stan Welch

Anderson County Council continued its approval of present and future economic developments in The Journal’s coverage area Tuesday night, giving necessary approvals to various incentive agreements for two projects.

The first, Euwe Eugen Wexler U.S. Plastics Inc., received final approval of several incentives, as well as approval of their purchase of approximately eleven acres of land from the county. The company purchased a spec building built by the county in order to attract industry to the Alliance Park. The site included a fifty thousand square foot building shell built by the county. Economic development director Burriss Nelson reported to the Council that the company is already planning to expand the building, possibly before they even open the facility.

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