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Two car accident – Intersection Hwy. 20

Piedmont firefighters await on a state trooper to finish his investigation of an accident on Friday evening. A car struck another at the intersection of Highway 20 and Southside Circle. One person Read More »

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Mustangs AAA State Runner-Up

Palmetto High School Competition Cheerleaders celebrate their second place finish in the South Carolina Highs School League State AAA Cheer Competition held Saturday at the Bons Secour Wellness Arena in Greenville. Chapin Read More »

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Three injured in three vehicle accident – Hwy. 8

Three people were injured Friday night in a three vehicle accident on Easley Highway (SC 8) at the intersection of Hunt Road. A Jeep Cherokee apparently crossed the center line and side Read More »

Two car accident – Intersection Hwy. 20

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Piedmont firefighters await on a state trooper to finish his investigation of an accident on Friday evening. A car struck another at the intersection of Highway 20 and Southside Circle. One person was transported to an area hospital by Greenville County EMS. (Photo by David Rogers)

Mustangs AAA State Runner-Up

V Cheer State Competition- Palmetto-16res

Palmetto High School Competition Cheerleaders celebrate their second place finish in the South Carolina Highs School League State AAA Cheer Competition held Saturday at the Bons Secour Wellness Arena in Greenville. Chapin High School claimed the AAA crown, winning their South Carolina-record 10th state title in competitive cheerleading.

Pelzer Heritage Commission to reapply for cleanup grant

On Pelzer Mills Properties

By David Meade

Members of the Pelzer Heritage Commission are continuing their efforts to get grant money th help with cleanup of the old Pelzer Mills properties.

Members of the organization recently met with Anderson County officials and Brownfields Cleanup consultants about grants, cleanup possibilities and future use of the old Pelzer Mill landfill properties.

In a meeting held Thursday at Tabernacle Baptist Church, Gail Rawls Jeter of Cardno, Inc. who is helping with the grant application, said that the Pelzer Heritage Commission is ready to reapply for a clean up grant for the old landfill property. The group was not approved for a grant applied for last year.

Pelzer Town Council changes meeting dates, plans to sell property

Pelzer Town Council recently discussed water rates, changing their meeting dates for the upcoming year and selling some town owned property. They also approved the annexation of two additional pieces of property.

During their meeting Friday, Council compared water rates based on information being considered on a proposal by the Greenville Water System. Town Administrator Skip Watkins provided Council with figures based on the towns current billed rate of $2.82 per 1000 gallons of water and the would be savings if the town bought in on the proposal at a rate pf $1.41 per 1000 gallons. Even with capital buy-in financing of $3,767.50 per month, the town would have saved $14,627.87 over the past year based on Jan. – Nov. 2014 usage.

Settlement being negotiated in closing of Lewis Drive

By Stan Welch

Tuesday night’s Anderson County Council meeting marked a rather unhappy anniversary for some, namely that of the awarding of former county administrator Joey Preston with a $1.2 million severance package exactly six years earlier. That action, which has resulted in years of litigation and hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal expenses, was the most significant action taken by the 2008 County Council, but it was certainly not the only one that resulted in a long drawn out legal battle.

On the anniversary of one momentous act by the Council, a much different Council voted to accept a settlement of a case that has lasted even longer. The closing of Lewis Drive in the Cheddar community in 2008 was bitterly opposed by the area’s residents, who argued that access to the area by emergency responders, as well as school buses, would be impacted.

Holiday Fair this Saturday – November 22

The annual Pelzer Holiday Fair will be held Saturday, Nov. 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Pelzer Gym. Admission is free and there will be door prizes throughout the day.

Thirty vendors are expected for the event offering all kinds of items including hand painted Christmas ornaments, jewelry, candles and one of a kind gifts.

Williamston Christmas Parade December 13

The Williamston Christmas Parade will be held Saturday, December 13 at 3 p.m.. Theme for the parade will be “Keep Christ in Christmas.” Parade Chairman Walter Smith, Sr. will be celebrating his 25th year organizing the event. Smith said there is no fee to enter the annual parade, but encourages entrants to bring plenty of candy.

Registration forms are available at the Williamston Municipal Center or participants can call Town Hall at 847-7473 and give a name and type of entry. A registration form must be filled out for an entry to be judged, Smith said. Registration deadline for judging is Thursday, Dec. 4.

GWBA elects new officers

By David Meade

During their meeting Tuesday, Greater Williamston Business Association (GWBA) members elected new officers for the upcoming year.

Elected to serve in 2015 are: President-Robin Tucker; 1st Vice President-Mike Simpson; 2nd Vice President- Tammy Pitt; 3rd Vice President-Lee Cole; Treasurer- Nancy Sisk; Secretary-Paula Payton.

Board Members at Large include Tony Wright, Caroline Alex, Jim Simpson and Bobby Winburn. Wright and Simpson will serve one year terms while Alex and Winburn will serve two year terms.

District One “Excellent” on State Report Card

Anderson School District One is one of seven districts in the state to earn an Excellent rating on performance and growth on the State Report Card ratings. It is the fifth year in a row to earn the Excellent rating and the District placed 5th in the state for student achievement.

The district also earned an Excellent for growth. Thirteen schools in Anderson One earned excellent ratings, while one school earned a good rating. Anderson One is extremely proud of the high graduation rate of 90.8 for 2014. It increased from 86.9 in 2013.

Greenville Schools District 1st time Excellent on report card

Greenville County Schools earned an Absolute rating of Excellent on its Report Card for the first time since the State has released the annual data.

“We are extremely proud of the Excellent Absolute Rating received by Greenville County Schools on the 2014 State Report Card,” said GCS Superintendent W. Burke Royster. “The improvement in our report rating mirrors enhancements across the district in instructional delivery, student engagement, and rigor. It also reflects the extremely supportive and visionary leadership of our Board of Trustees and the commitment and dedication of our principals, teachers, administrators, and staff. Equally important, this Excellent Rating reinforces our belief that Greenville County Schools is a national leader in innovation, collaboration, and career and college readiness.”

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