Meet with Governor’s Office

Pelzer Heritage Commission members, Town of Pelzer and Anderson County officials recently traveled to the State Capital in Columbia to meet with Governor Haley’s Deputy Chief of Staff Joshua Baker. Attending were Read More »


Vehicle overturned near Campbell Rd.

A Piercetown firefighter surveys the scene of a single vehicle accident on Friday night. A sport utility vehicle ran off Highway 81 and overturned near Campbell Road. The driver was not injured. Read More »


Runs off roadway and through a pasture fence

Three and Twenty firefighters work at the scene of an accident on Highway 88 Friday night. A sport utility vehicle ran off the roadway and through a pasture fence. One person was Read More »


Single vehicle accident

An Anderson county deputy along with an Easley police officer and Three and Twenty firefighter look over the scene of an accident on Highway 8 near St. Paul Road on Saturday night. Read More »


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Gatewood subdivision, prowling among issues addressed by Council

By David Meade

Williamston Town Council approved a pay increase, discussed two issues related to the Gatewood subdivision, approved use of the park for a new spring festival and authorized an agreement to allow off duty Williamston police officers to work traffic control at Lee Steam Station. The February meeting was held Monday (Feb. 8).

Council approved second reading on an ordinance to increase the mayor and council salaries. The increase will place the salaries back to the level prior to reductions made during a financial crisis the town suffered about ten years ago. The mayor’s salary will be set at $2000 per month. Councilmembers will receive $600 per month. The change will go into effect in January of 2017.

Community promotion, safety issues in reports to council

The following information was presented to Williamston Town Council during their February meeting held Monday:

Envision Williamston Update

Envision Williamston Executive Director Sonya Crandall reported that new way finding signs were recently installed in Williamston. She said they showcase major landmarks including the Farmers Market and Artory. Crandall reported she was conducting an online survey for the GWBA concerning a possible change in the organization’s name. She also reported that Envision Williamston has a new website at

West Pelzer hears audit report, tables mobile home variances

By Stan Welch

During their meeting Monday, West Pelzer Town Council approved changes to their employee handbook, addressed mobile home zoning and received a preliminary report on the Town’s audit for the last fiscal year. A representative of Payne, White & Schmutz, the auditing firm, informed the Council that the Town had received an unmodified opinion, or the best opinion available.

Councilman Johnnie Rogers asked if the firm could be provided with monthly figures to assist in monitoring the town’s financial performance. Mayor Blake Sanders explained that such an arrangement would be a significant expansion of the firm’s duties, and would be an additional cost.

Pelzer gets good audit, looking at streetlights

By David Meade

During their meeting Tuesday, Pelzer Town Council addressed the sewer upgrade, streetlights, staggered council terms, a property sale, and heard their annual audit report. During public comments, residents asked about streetlights, concerns with shooting, water bill reduction, sewer project cleanup and a suggestion to add two more council seats.

Council approved second reading on the election ordinance allowing Anderson County Elections to take over future Pelzer elections. Brad West updated council on the sewer upgrade. West said compaction tests have been completed and paving begun. He named several streets crews were working on. He also stated that work has been delayed due to a slow response from the railroad on a right-of-way.

Meet with Governor’s Office


Pelzer Heritage Commission members, Town of Pelzer and Anderson County officials recently traveled to the State Capital in Columbia to meet with Governor Haley’s Deputy Chief of Staff Joshua Baker. Attending were Pelzer Heritage Commission members included Dianne Lollis, Larry Joe Coker, Gilbert Garrett, Kelly Arthur along with Dr. Wayne Fowler from Pelzer Mill Properties Board, newly elected Pelzer Council member Kim Crone Wilson , Anderson County Council member Cindy Wilson, Steve Newton and Michael Forman from Anderson County Planning Dept. The meeting, made possible through Pelzer native, Beth Phibbs, who also attended along with Gail Jeter from CARDNO. A presentation to Mr. Baker was made by Gilbert Garrett, PHC Secretary, in hope of obtaining support from Governor Haley and the state on developing the Pelzer mill properties, now owned by the PHC. Members were encouraged with the meeting.

Williamston Police Stats

Williamston Police Chief Tony Taylor reported the following stats for the police department during January:

Uniform Patrol -

Calls for Service 1264

Incident Reports Filed 56

Williamston Police Report

Williamston Police Officers investigated the following incidents:

Feb. 2 – Cody Douglas Poore, 29, 7 E 1st St,. Williamston was arrested for reckless driving, license plate altered and no drivers license after officers responded to a vehicle accident on Mahaffey St. in which a green Ford truck had left the roadway striking a brick wall at 3 Mahaffey St. Damage to the wall was estimated at $1,000. He was transported to ACDC. C. Green investigated.

Anderson County Sheriff’s Report

Due to restrictions in the way the Anderson County Sheriff’s incident reports are being made available, The Journal only received reports for Feb. 5-6. Reports from the previous week were unavailable. Among incidents reported were the following:

EASLEY – Feb. 5 – D.A. Hammond received a telephone complaint from April Lovern, of 118 Cely Rd. who reported that someone had stolen the battery from her car. The loss was estimated at $100.

Feb. 7 – J.T. Hunt responded to a report of a domestic incident at 101 Sun Chase Dr. where he encountered Keith Huffman, WM, 40, 5’8″, 190 pounds. According to reports, Huffman was heavily intoxicated and was placed in custody. His wife, Kasey Moyers,WF, 39, reported that during an argument, he had slapped her with an open hand. He was transported to ACDC on a charge of second degree criminal domestic violence.

Obituaries Week of February 10, 2016


Martin Road closure info meeting Feb. 11

Anderson County will host a public informational meeting on Thursday, February 11, 2016 from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Piercetown Fire Department, 5150 Highway 81 N, Williamston. The purpose for the meeting is to inform local residents and affected persons of the upcoming temporary closure of Martin Road for road improvement construction work. As currently scheduled, Martin Road will be temporarily closed between SC 81 and Shackleburg Road beginning March 21st through April 30th. The signed 2-½ mile detour route will be Shackleburg Road (east of Martin Road) and SC 81 (from Shackleburg Road south to Martin Road near the I-85 ramps). Only local traffic (residential, delivery, and construction trucks) will be allowed onto Martin Road (south of Shackleburg Road) during that time.

Mill Town Players set audition for Oklahoma!- February 27

The Mill Town Players will be holding auditions February 27 at 10 a.m. for their production Oklahoma! Shows run July 15 through Aug. 7 at 7:30 pm Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 3 pm on Sundays. Director and Choreographer will be Lauren Imhoff. For this production, the Mill Town Player are seeking actors ages 12 to adult for all roles with an anticipated cast size of 20-24 . They are seeking strong singers with acting and dance/movement ability.

The theater production is famous for songs including “Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin’”, “The Surrey With The Fringe On Top”, “People Will Say We’re In Love”, “Kansas City”, and “Oklahoma”.

Burgess campaign kick-off Saturday

Senate District 4 candidate Rockey Burgess will host a campaign kick-off event Saturday, February 13 at Saluda Valley Country Club located on Beaverdam Road in Williamston. The event will feature The Jake Bartley Band beginning at 6 PM and will transition to a presidential debate party at 8 PM. The debate party will include a live stream of the Presidential Debate. Anyone interested in attending is asked to RSVP to

Muschamp to speak at Anderson Area Touchdown Club annual awards

The Anderson Area Touchdown Club welcomes COACH WILL MUSCHAMP, Coach Will Muschamp, the new head football coach at the University of South Carolina, will be the guest speaker for the Anderson Area Touchdown Club annual awards banquet on February 10. The meeting will be held at the Anderson Civic Center. Recipients of the awards are selected from the eight Anderson County high schools.

News Week of Feb. 3, 2016

News Week of Feb. 3, 2016

Vehicle overturned near Campbell Rd.


A Piercetown firefighter surveys the scene of a single vehicle accident on Friday night. A sport utility vehicle ran off Highway 81 and overturned near Campbell Road. The driver was not injured. (Photo by David Rogers)

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