Pelzer’s Leroy Vinson  was among EMS personnel honored by a group of their fellow EMS providers during the South Carolina EMS Memorial Bike Ride Saturday. Riders covered 224 miles on bicycles in three days. The ride culminates at the EMS Memorial in Gaston, SC. Forty riders set out for Lexington Saturday morning, following a breakfast sponsored by the Pelzer Squad. The ride culminated Sunday at the Memorial, located at 1736 Old State Road, in Gaston. (Coutesy photo)

Vinson contributions honored with events

At Pelzer EMS By Stan Welch The life of James Leroy Vinson and his contributions to area emergency medical care were the subject of a celebratory breakfast hosted by the Pelzer Rescue Read More »

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Driver arrested after crash – Old Pendleton Road

Powdersville firefighters along with Pelzer EMS personnel work at the scene of a single car accident on Old Pendleton Road Tuesday night. A PT Cruiser had previously wrecked in the vicinity of Read More »

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Hit and run – Hwy. 81

Powdersville firefighters work at the scene of a hit and run accident on Highway 81 Tuesday night. A car was struck by a pickup truck near Myers Lane. The truck then left Read More »

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Pig In The Park

Andrew Massey of Piercetown serves up barbecue to an attendee at the Pig in the Park BBQ Festival & Cook-off held Saturday in Williamston’s Mineral Spring Park. Massey represented Swig-N-Pig. (Photo by David Read More »

Special designed trucks recently began removing coas ash from the Lee Steam Station. (Photo courtesy Duke Energy)

Duke Energy begins movement of first coal ash loads

From W. S. Lee Steam Station The first truckload of coal ash to be excavated from the W. S. Lee Steam Station site and relocated to an off-site landfill took place Thursday Read More »

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House fire – Wren Crossing Way

Wren and Three and Twenty firefighters work to extinguish a house fire Thursday night on Wren Crossing Way. The home was also the scene of another fire on April 15 that was Read More »

Anderson County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit makes multiple arrests

Over the past several months, the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit has targeted multiple individuals for manufacturing methamphetamine as well as numerous other individuals for drug conspiracy for their participation in supplying these individuals with items used in the manufacturing process in clandestine meth labs.

Within the past few weeks narcotics officers investigated five different locations, executed five search warrants, arrested and/or charged 24 separate individuals (3 of which are still being sought at this time), seized 13 Meth Labs, and made a total of over 40 charges.

According to Lt. David Baker, “This has been a proactive approach to the growing problems of Meth Labs throughout the community. The Anderson Sheriff’s Office will continue this aggressive approach to combat this festering problem and we anticipate making many more arrests and additional drug-lab seizures in the near future, as this investigation continues.”

 Investigators executed search warrants at the following five locations:

Powdersville YMCA Groundbreaking today at 3 p.m.

USDA Officials along with the YMCA, community and business leaders will break ground for the new Powdersville YMCA in the Piedmont and Easley area today (Thurs. May 21). The community is invited to attend the ground breaking ceremony. The new Powdersville YMCA will serve the Piedmont and Easley area. Ceremonies will begin at 3 p.m. at 9115 Hwy 81 N, Piedmont, SC 29673 with community and business leaders taking part.

The building is scheduled to open during the spring of 2016 and will feature an expansive fitness center, group exercise studios, outdoor functional fitness area, large basketball gym with flex use, community meeting room, childcare spaces, large multipurpose room, and athletic fields.

Pelzer approves budget, postpones sewer rate increase

By David Meade

During a special called meeting Monday, Pelzer Town Council approved first reading on their 2015-16 budget as presented and tabled a proposed sewer rate increase until September.

Depending on when the first payment on the Phase 2 sewer loan is due, postponing an increase could result in a deficit in the 2015-16 budget over the coming year.

Several Council members stated they would voluntarily cut their monthly salary to help with the town’s finances, but unless other cuts are found, the savings will not be near enough to make up a $38,512 deficit in the first draft budget.

Town of Pelzer 2015-16 budget

The Town of Pelzer 2015-16 draft budget as approved May 18 (minus mayor and council salary reductions):

Total Revenue $905,734, Total Expenses Total Expense $879,146. Net Surplus $26,588 (without RDA loan payment) RDA Loan Payment Sewer Phase 2 $65,100. Budget Deficit of $38,512.

Vinson contributions honored with events

Pelzer’s Leroy Vinson  was among EMS personnel honored by a group of their fellow EMS providers during the South Carolina EMS Memorial Bike Ride Saturday. Riders covered 224 miles on bicycles in three days. The ride culminates at the EMS Memorial in Gaston, SC. Forty riders set out for Lexington Saturday morning, following a breakfast sponsored by the Pelzer Squad. The ride culminated Sunday at the Memorial, located at 1736 Old State Road, in Gaston. (Coutesy photo)

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Leroy Vinson

By Stan Welch

The life of James Leroy Vinson and his contributions to area emergency medical care were the subject of a celebratory breakfast hosted by the Pelzer Rescue Squad Saturday morning. The mornings events came to a close with the formal dedication of the Squad’s training room in Vinson’s name.

Vinson, who spent forty four years with the squad, trained hundreds of other EMTS and paramedics over the years. He joined the squad just four years after it was established. Julia Nichols, the squad’s first female paramedic and one of the organizers of the commemoration, spoke of Vinson’s passion for emergency medicine, and of his personal dedication to his family as well.

West Pelzer looking at victim advocacy funds, town cleanup

By Stan Welch

As the deadline for producing a budget approaches, the West Pelzer Town Council occupied itself with other matters Monday night. The Council authorized the expenditure of $1200 from the recreation fund, which is funded by hospitality tax revenues. The money will be spent on mulch for Chapman Park, and will hopefully be installed in time for this weekend’s inaugural public event at the park.

Anderson County Sheriff’s Report

Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated the following:

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May 15 – C.P. Huff responded to 2831 Pelzer Hwy. To Bradley Auto, where Elizabeth Bradley reported that someone had cut the fence and broke into five vehicles, stealing several items including GPS units and a handgun. They also stole a motorcycle and a pickup truck. The total loss was $5150.

May 16 – P.D. Marter was dispatched to the WalMart at 11410 Anderson Rd. where Christopher Cunningham, BM, 22, 5’11″, 150 pounds, was placed on trespass notice.

Obituaires Week of May 20, 2015

KEVIN ‘SQUATTY’ SAYLORS, VIOLET RAMPEY SEELEY, LLOYD MORGAN NIX, PATRICIA ELROD LAIL, PAT FRAZIER, BULAR HAMMOND BROWN, WILLIAM TATE HENDERSON JR.

Williamston EMS under SLED investigation

By Stan Welch

County officials have confirmed that the Williamston EMS squad is under investigation by the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED), although they were quick to stress that there are only allegations at this stage. The active investigation is expected to begin within the next two weeks.

Those allegations surfaced in a letter sent by several Williamston EMS employees to county director of emergency services Scott Stoller. From there, the allegations were presented to the Sheriff’s office, which then contacted SLED.

Driver arrested after crash – Old Pendleton Road

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Powdersville firefighters along with Pelzer EMS personnel work at the scene of a single car accident on Old Pendleton Road Tuesday night. A PT Cruiser had previously wrecked in the vicinity of Old Pendleton Road and Sitton Hill. When emergency personnel arrived that vehicle had left the scene. Paramedics spotted the vehicle and began following it at a safe distance. The car ran off the right side of Old Pendleton Road, then crossed both lanes, and crashed into a ditch. The female driver was uninjured but placed under arrest by state troopers for suspicion of driving under the influence. (Photo by David Rogers)

Hit and run – Hwy. 81

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Powdersville firefighters work at the scene of a hit and run accident on Highway 81 Tuesday night. A car was struck by a pickup truck near Myers Lane. The truck then left the scene. The driver of the car was checked by Pelzer EMS at the scene. Troopers were looking for the truck. (Photo by David Rogers)

 

Pelzer budget work session (Monday, May 18)

REVISED UPDATE – During a two hour meeting Monday, Pelzer Town Council tabled discussion on a proposed sewer rate increase and approved first reading on the 2015-16 budget as presented (without a rate increase). Several council members and the mayor did state they would voluntarily cut their monthly salary to help with an expected budget deficit. There was some discussion about other options. There was considerable discussion and interaction with residents attending the meeting. There was also some discussion on the upcoming annexation referendum on June 9 and the effects it could have on the budget. More details on the meeting to follow in this week’s edition of The Journal.

Original Post – Pelzer Town Council will hold a budget work session tonight (Monday, May 18) at 6:30 p.m. at the Pelzer Community Building to discuss a proposed sewer rate increase and possible reductions in expenses. First reading on the 2015-16 budget will be held during the meeting.

Pig In The Park

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Andrew Massey of Piercetown serves up barbecue to an attendee at the Pig in the Park BBQ Festival & Cook-off held Saturday in Williamston’s Mineral Spring Park. Massey represented Swig-N-Pig. (Photo by David Rogers)

 

Duke Energy begins movement of first coal ash loads

Special designed trucks recently began removing coas ash from the Lee Steam Station. (Photo courtesy Duke Energy)

From W. S. Lee Steam Station

The first truckload of coal ash to be excavated from the W. S. Lee Steam Station site and relocated to an off-site landfill took place Thursday as specially designed trucks began moving the first tons of the material – left from burning the coal that’s powered the the plant for more than 60 years.

“This is an important milestone for our customers as we transition out of the wet ash business altogether,” said John Elnitsky, senior vice president of Ash Strategy. “This ash movement is the next step toward safely closing ash basins in the Carolinas.”

In this first phase of excavation, Waste Management is relocating about 1.4 million tons of ash from the inactive ash basin and an ash fill area to its landfill in Homer, Ga. This represents about 39 percent of the material on the property and is expected to take two to three years.

House fire – Wren Crossing Way

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Wren and Three and Twenty firefighters work to extinguish a house fire Thursday night on Wren Crossing Way. The home was also the scene of another fire on April 15 that was contained to the kitchen by a first arriving firefighter who extinguished it with a garden hose. Thursday nights fire heavily damaged the home. Pelzer EMS stood by as a precaution. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Anderson County Fire Department. (Photo by David Rogers)

 

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