Mill Town Players Present Of Mice and Men

George and Lennie -  The Mill Town Players will present their production Of Mice and Men beginning Oct. 28 at the Pelzer Auditorium. Pictured are Matthew Merritt as George and Brock Koonce Read More »


Moped hits deer – Ballard Road

West Pelzer firefighters inspect a moped after it collided with a deer early Tuesday morning. The moped was traveling on Ballard Road off Highway 8 when it struck a deer. The driver Read More »


Mobile Home destroyed – Cheddar

Firefighters work to extinguish a mobile home fire early Sunday morning. When firefighters arrived flames were coming from the roof, windows, and doors of the home. Cheddar firefighters assisted by West Pelzer Read More »


Work to free occupants – Cedar Falls Road

Firefighters from Canebrake and Dunklin work to free two occupants from an overturned vehicle Friday night. The vehicle ran off Cedar Falls Road and struck an embankment. The two occupants had to Read More »

Mill Town Players Present Of Mice and Men


George and Lennie -  The Mill Town Players will present their production Of Mice and Men beginning Oct. 28 at the Pelzer Auditorium. Pictured are Matthew Merritt as George and Brock Koonce as Lennie. (Photo by Escobar Photography)

In the play, Migrant workers George and Lennie dream of owning their own ranch someday, a story that gives them hope as they travel from place to place. When the impossibility of that dream meets harsh reality, it brings George to the brink of an unimaginably difficult choice.

Pelzer, West Pelzer awarded joint Hometown Economic Development grant

By Stan Welch

Pelzer and West Pelzer have been awarded a joint Hometown Economic Development grant by the Municipal Association of South Carolina. The twenty five thousand dollar grant will be used to conduct an economic impact analysis of potential businesses along the Lebby and Main Street corridors.

The two towns, due to their proximity and the inextricable nature of their business districts, elected to share the grant, and split the ten per cent match evenly, with each town paying twelve hundred fifty dollars.

West Pelzer Mayor Blake Sanders, who works as a consultant in closely related fields, said that West Pelzer will serve as the lead agency. Sanders is currently assisting the LowCountry town of Moncks Corner in conducting the same type of study there.

Community meeting planned on Pelzer Mill disposal area property cleanup project

As part of the Brownfields cleanup project in Pelzer, a community meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3 at the Pelzer Community Building located in the Monkey Park.

The Pelzer Heritage Commission (PHC) will conduct cleanup activities at the Pelzer Mill Disposal Areas at Parker Street and Frost Street, in Pelzer. which have been identified as Brownfield properties. The properties are identified by Tax Map Numbers 2430101001(16.85-acres) and 2430106003(11.80-acres). Brownfields are identified as real property where the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.

The property is now owned by the Pelzer Heritage Commission, which is also responsible for the cleanup project which is being conducted with Federal Brownfields cleanup grants. PHC received a United States Environmental Protection Agency Brownfields Cleanup Grant in the amount of $400,000 for the cleanup of Disposal Areas in September 2015.

Pelzer Council working on town policy, employee handbook

By Stan Welch

Pelzer Town Council, town employees and the town attorney gathered Tuesday night to continue construction of the newly formed town government. The main element discussed, debated and tweaked was the town’s employee handbook, which establishes many of the town’s policies.

The basis for the handbook was taken verbatim from the sample provided by the Municipal Association of South Carolina (MASC). Much of that sample is in compliance with appropriate state and federal laws, such as the Family Medical Leave Act.

School safety remains priority in District One

Board to consider additional resource officers

By David Meade

Anderson School District One Board of Trustees recognized students from across the district who had a perfect score on new testing, held first reading on new overtime requirements and discussed school safety during their regular monthly meeting Tuesday.

The Board also announced that they will honor former coach and administrator Dale Martin by naming the Palmetto High Football Field for him. Martin worked in public education as a teacher, coach, administrator and board member for 34 years. He also coached Palmetto’s football team when they won the State 3A Championship in 1970.

Due to the recent shooting incident at Townville Elementary School, Superintendent David Havird told board members that he wanted to have further and open discussion on school safety, which has been a priority for the district.

Havird said additional cameras and new access doors have been installed at all fourteen schools in the district and the District office. The District is also in the process of bidding out a second project for safety and security, primarily cameras for all three football stadiums.

Palmetto High Football Field to be named for Dale Martin

The Anderson School District One Board of Trustees announced Tuesday that the Palmetto High Football Field will be named for former coach and administrator Dale Martin. Martin worked in public education for 34 years and in School District One as a teacher, coach, administrator and long time board member.

He coached Palmetto’s football team when they won the State 3A Championship in 1970. He also put a lot of time, energy and effort into the football field at Pelmetto, according to Superintendent David Havird. Martin is a member of the Palmetto High School Hall of Fame. He currently represents the District on the County Board of Education.

Martin will officially be recognized during halftime ceremonies at the November 18 playoff game.

Woodmont theater production has sign, spoken language

“The Taste of Sunrise”

The Woodmont High School theater department will present “The Taste of Sunrise” this week at Woodmont High School. The play is a combination of spoken word and sign language. The show is at 7pm Friday and Saturday and 2pm on Sunday and is under the direction of Woodmont High Theater teacher and Director Harry Culpepper. He is also the creator of the theater program at the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind.

When he was in first grade, Harry Culpepper dressed up as a principal on career day. He wore his father’s tie and carried his briefcase. He is now the theatre teacher at Woodmont High School, was raised by deaf parents and grandparents. American Sign Language was his first language, and while he wanted to become a professional actor, teaching was always in the back of his mind.

Boo in the Park this Saturday

Boo in the Park will be held on Saturday, Oct. 29 in Williamston’s Mineral Spring Park. The event is sponsored the the Town of Williamston, local businesses and the Palmetto Business Association, local churches and organizations. Due to the amount of children that attend the event yearly, Main Street between Minor Street and Pelzer Avenue will be closed from 5-9 pm.

There will be entertainment on the stage, games, and a “Spooked Hut”. Pelzer Church of God will provide free hot dogs and drinks for the children, plus sponsor a Puppet Show on the Gospel stage. The Cowboy Church will have their popular fishing tank. Stage Entertainment will include Jack’s Drum Shack at 5:30 and a Halloween Costume Contest at 6:30.

The Great WestFest Pumpkinpalooza this Saturday

Town of West Pelzer Fall Festival

The Town of West Pelzer will hold their annual Fall Festival – The Great WestFest Pumpkinpalooza, on Saturday, October 29, from 6-8 pm on Main Street in West Pelzer. Main Street (Hwy. 8) will be closed for the event which will be held from Bollinger Street (West Pelzer Baptist Church) to Hindman/Spring Street.

The event, as always, is free and open to everyone due to the Hospitality Tax collected by the Town of West Pelzer and the generosity of Anderson County Councilwoman Cindy Wilson.

From 6-8, event attendees will experience trunk-or-treating from West Pelzer Baptist Church, Living Water Church, Restoration Chapel, Life Journey Church, and Faith Presbyterian, free kids bounce houses and inflatable moonwalks, and DJ music and dancing by DJ-EZ.

Scarecrow Decorating Contest deadline extended

The entry deadline for the 2016 Scarecrow Decorating Contest has been extended until Friday, Oct. 28th, midnight. The Historic Town of Williamston and the Envision Williamston Main Street Program invite all area residents and businesses to participate in the 2nd Annual Scarecrow Decorating Contest which is now underway.

The official display period is through November 18th. Applications are still being accepted. Displays may be set up following registration and design approval. There is no entry fee.

Entry forms must be brought to Town Hall on or before October 28th. For more information and to register your scarecrow display, go to the town’s website or the Envision Williamston website at

Justice Department to handle election fraud, abuse complaints

Acting United States Attorney Beth Drake announced Wednesday that Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSA) Barbara M. Bowens and John Potterfield will lead the efforts of her Office in connection with the Justice Department’s nationwide Election Day Program for the upcoming November 8, 2016, general elections.

AUSA Bowens and AUSA Potterfield have been appointed to serve as the District Election Officers (DEO) for the District of South Carolina, and in that capacity are responsible for overseeing the District’s handling of complaints of election fraud and voting rights abuses in consultation with Justice Department Headquarters in Washington.

Acting United States Attorney Drake said, “Every citizen must be able to vote without interference or discrimination and to have that vote counted without it being stolen because of fraud. The Department of Justice will act promptly and aggressively to protect the integrity of the election process.”

Poll workers needed for upcoming elections

Anderson County Election Officials say they are experiencing a shortage in workers needed for the upcoming Nov. 8 election. “Election Worker shortage is not a new problem, but a bigger problem this election year than in the past,” said Katy Smith, Anderson County Election Executive Director.

According to Smith, two recruiting programs were developed and implemented before the June Primary. However, there are still some areas that are in need of more workers for the November General Election.

Poll workers are especially needed for the Piedmont, Simpsonville, Williamston, Powdersville, and Easley areas and others.

Benefit dinner and auction for Townville Heros Nov. 16

Townville First Responders will hold a benefit dinner at 6 p.m. until Nov. 16 at the Townville Fire Department. There will be a benefit auction held by Townville Station, LLC and SC Auction Firm #4084 at the fire station following the dinner. All proceeds will go to the Townville volunteer Fire Department, Fork Rescue Squad and Townville Elementary School.

The Townville Fire Department is located at 8508 Highway 24 in Townville. From Exit 11 on I-85, go 4.2 mile west on Hwy. 24. Parking is on the right. For more information call 864-417-7633 or email

Extrication training offered at Townville

A training seminar for All First Responders including fire, police and rescue squad personnel will be held Wednesday, Nov. 16 beginning at 10 a.m. at Townville Station, LLC, 6501 Hwy. 24 in Townville. Extrication Training will be hosted by Aaron Dix, Director of Training, Greenville Hospital System. The training will feature Hybrid Vehicle Disabling.

“This is our community’s way of thanking all those who responded, covered shifts, and helped our local first agencies since the tragedy at Townville Elementary School,” a spokesperson said. For more information contact Dwayne Johnson at 864-704-3479.

Williamston police report

Williamston Police Officers investigated the following incidents:

Oct. 18 – Joel Alan Ellison, 52, reported a break-in at 406 Gossett Dr. in which eight windows were broken out of the old Gossett School Building. Also wires were pulled from under a crawlspace and several unknown items were missing. Damage to the windows was estimated at $8,000. Z. T. Parks investigated.

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