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Piercetown Response Truck rear-ended at I-85 accident

The Piercetown Fire Department Rescue 13 response truck was sturck by a vehicle while the department was working an accident on I-85 Wednesday evening. The Piercetown Fire Department and the SC Highway Read More »


Sheriff’s office seeking assistance in ID of suspect

The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance to identify a subject captured on video during a larceny. Around 4:50pm Monday, April 14, a utility trailer was stolen from a Read More »


One injured in four vehicle accident – South Greenville

One person was injured in a four vehicle chain reaction collision on US 25 at West Georgia Road on Saturday afternoon. Greenville EMS transported the injured to Greenville Memorial Hospital. South Greenville Read More »


House destroyed by fire

A two story house near Donaldson Center was destroyed by fire late Saturday night. Firefighters from Belmont and Gantt responded. The home was vacant at the time of the fire. It took Read More »


Two vehicle accident – Powdersville Road

Powdersville firefighters work at the scene of a two vehicle accident on Powdersville Road at the intersection of Jessie Drive on Friday night. One person was taken by Pelzer EMS to an Read More »


Car knocks down power lines

Wren firefighters and Pike Electric workers survey the scene of an accident on SC 86 near Old School House Road late Wednesday night. A car ran off the road and struck a Read More »

Piercetown Response Truck rear-ended at I-85 accident

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The Piercetown Fire Department Rescue 13 response truck was sturck by a vehicle while the department was working an accident on I-85 Wednesday evening. The Piercetown Fire Department and the SC Highway Patrol were dispatched to an accident near the 29 mile marker on I-85 at 9:35. Hopewell and Wren Fire Departments also responded.

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While on the scene of the first accident, a red sport utility vehicle rearended the Piercetown rescue truck causing considerable damage to both vehicles. The sport utility was smoking as firefighters worked to extricate the occupants. Two people were injured, however details were not available at time of posting.

Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore said one injured person was flown and another transported by EMS to Greenville Memorial Hospital, but there were not fatalities. The accidents blocked both laned of I-85 north for approximately two hours.

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Business community responds to town funding for events

Last year the Greater Williamston Business Association (GWBA) sponsored two new events held in Mineral Spring Park, both of which got a great response. This year they want to expand the “Party in the Park” series and asked the town to help with funding.

At the Williamston Town Council meeting last week, the GWBA request failed with a split 2-2 vote. Council also declined to increase funding for the Spring Water Festival.

Since then GWBA President Chris Trotter has been on a campaign to make council aware that there is a lot of local support for the events.

GWBA Easter Egg Hunt

egg huntThe Greater Williamston Business Association (GWBA) Easter Egg Hunt was held in Mineral Spring Park Saturday. Those attending enjoyed a fun candy and prize filled event and warm weather.

West Pelzer addresses animal abandonment, flagpole location

At the April 8 meeting, West Pelzer Town Council passed an animal abandonment ordinance, discussed where the flag should be placed at Chapman Park and discussed a sewer problem affecting a local business.

Among the issues addressed and actions taken were the following”

West Pelzer Mayor Peggy Paxton presented Ordinance #2014-0311 “Ill Treatment of Animals, Abandonment of Animals; Proper Treatment and Tethering of Animals”. Mayor Paxton made a motion to accept second reading of Ordinance #2014-0311, 2nd by Councilman Rogers, all were in favor.

Pelzer Town limits expanding with property annexation

By Stan Welch

During a brief meeting last Friday, Pelzer Town Council members heard an update on the annexation progress of seven pieces of property and plans to annex Town Hall, the Gym, and the mill properites which at present are not located in the physical limits of the town.

A number of residents and at least one church have already petitioned the town for annexation and there is growing interest among residents to be included in the town proper.

County officials meet with Pelzer Heritage

On Mill Property options

By Stan Welch

One obvious conclusion resulting from an informal gathering of Pelzer preservationists and county staff and officials last week was the realization that annexation will play a key role in future efforts to preserve and restore Pelzer and its history.

County Councilwoman Cindy Wilson, along with county administrator Rusty Burns and county economic development director Burris Nelson traveled to Pelzer last Wednesday to share ideas and tour the various locations. Larry Coker, Dianne Lollis and other members of the Pelzer Heritage Preservation Commission were on hand, as well.

District One School Board gets look at preliminary budget

Anderson School District One Board of Trustees held a budget worksession last week as they begin the budeting process for the 2014-15 school year.

Superintendent David Havird presented “very preliminary” budget information based on funding expected to be provided in the State House budget, which is also currently being worked on in Columbia.

County approves fee in lieu for “Project Mystery Green”

Duke Energy/Lee Steam

By Stan Welch

Tuesday night, Anderson County Council, led by District Seven Councilwoman Cindy Wilson, revisited a number of comments and remarks made by District Two Councilwoman Gracie Floyd at a recent meeting.

Wilson began her presentation by replaying a portion of the audio recording of the earlier meeting during which Floyd went into a long rant about how certain members of the Council overstep their authority. Her remarks also centered on when the Council was going to hire a full time administrator, instead of continuing to employ Rusty Burns as its ‘interim’ administrator.

Fatality – Ellison Lake Road

rezEllisonLakeRdLisa Antone, 61, of Pelzer was fatally injured in a one vehicle accident last Thursday (Apr. 10) when the 2010 Chevrolet Malibu left the road and struck a tree, according to Anderson County Deputy Coroner Don McCown. The acciden occurred aroun 11 a.m. on Ellison Lake Road, according to the SC Highway Patrol. According to reports, Antone was traveling at a high rate of speed and alcohol appears to have been a factor. Antone was wearing a seat belt and multiple blutforce trauma was ruled as the cause of death, according to McCown.

WPD to host Federal Law Enforcement training

The Williamston Police Department will be hosting the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center April 22-24 at the Career and Technology Center. More than 50 local, state, and federal officers will be attending the three day event, according to Williamston Police Chief Tony Taylor.

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