TJLazer3

Party in the Park this Saturday

The Palmetto Business Association (former GWBA) Party in the Park event will be held this Saturday, July 30 featuring music by T. J. Lazer and the New Detroits and the TKO Band. Read More »

Bridge Hwy. 20-29 repairs

Hwy. 20 bridge should reopen soon

Repair work on the Hwy. 20 Connector bridge at U. S. Hwy. 29 has been completed and the bridge is expected to be reopened within the next week or two. A contractor Read More »

rez-IMG_0323

Power line down – Old Pelzer Rd.

Piedmont firefighters block Old Pelzer Road Tuesday night after a large truck ripped power and cable TV lines down and apparently left the scene. A pole was also broken during the incident. Read More »

rsz_tg_photo_high_res_2013

T. G. Sheppard to headline Spring Water Festival entertainment

The Williamston Springwater Committee announced this week that “classic country artist” T. G.. Sheppard will headline entertainment for the 35th annual Spring Water Festival which will be held August 26 & 27 Read More »

OKpromo (122)

Mill Town Players present Oklahoma

Record weekend opener The Mill Town Players kicked off their 2016-17 season with their production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! last weekend, with morethan 1,000 people attending over the opening weekend. Oklahoma! Read More »

Party in the Park this Saturday

TJLazer3

The Palmetto Business Association (former GWBA) Party in the Park event will be held this Saturday, July 30 featuring music by T. J. Lazer and the New Detroits and the TKO Band. The event will begin at 5 p.m. and with music starting at 6 p.m. There will be food vendors and free activities for kids including face painting, inflatables, clowns and more.

TJ Lazer and the New Detroits is a southern “soul funkin’-rock band,” based in Greenville. Their sound is fun loving, up lifting, toe-tapping, groove-making music, band members say.

Williamston planning to address sewer system problems

Town under DHEC consent order

By Stan Welch – The focal point of the Williamston Town Council’s work session Tuesday night was the imposing of a consent order by DHEC, as a result of problems with the town’s wastewater treatment system.

Those problems extend well back into the last decade or more. In fact, the town was released from a previous consent order as recently as October of 2014. The respite was brief, with the occurrence of a sewage overflow from a manhole, as the result of heavy rainfall (two inches)in a relatively brief period in early February. Obstruction of the line by tree roots was also deemed a contributing factor.

Consequently, DHEC issued a notice of violation based on a series of reports in late 2015 which reflected daily violations of fecal coliform levels at the treatment plant, which were also the result of heavy rainfalls. The chronic problem is the condition of the town’s sewer lines, which are outdated and which are subject to inflow and infiltration (I&I) during rain events. The I&I lets storm water enter the lines and flow through the treatment plant, reducing its effectiveness and leading to violations of the standards set by DHEC.

District One School Board approves 20 policy changes

By David Meade

During their regular monthly meeting Tuesday, the Anderson School District One Board approved twenty policy changes ranging from school bus safety, food and sales and snack vending to health education and homeless students. The policy revisions have been considered by the board for several months and include:

Board Meeting Notification, Agenda, Bus Safety Program, Competitive Food Sales/Vending Machines; Competitive Food Sales/Vending Machines Rule; “Smart Snacks” Individual Exempt Fundraiser Checklist Form and “Smart Snacks” Annual School-Based Exempt Fundraiser Summary Report Form.

Drainage problems, cost delay sidewalk project

Powdersville schools area

By Stan Welch – Unexpected drainage problems have delayed a sidewalk construction project in the vicinity of the three Powdersville schools. The project, which would install just under a half mile (2500 linear feet) of ADA compliant sidewalks in the Ragsdale and Hood Roads area, ran off the rails, at least temporarily; when major drainage issues caused SCDOT to raise their estimated cost from $250,000 to $650,000

School District One had set aside fifty thousand dollars for its matching funds, but the new estimates killed the momentum. A smaller, separate project along Highway 81 has been completed. The Ragsdale project is on hold while funding possibilities are explored. The school district is currently unable to assume the additional amount of the matching funds.

West Pelzer Police being trained for opiate overdoses

By Stan Welch

The West Pelzer Police Department has joined a number of much larger law enforcement agencies in being trained and qualified to administer naloxone, an antidote to opiate overdoses.

Scott Stoller, with Anderson County’s EMS and special operations division, who also works with the WPPD on a limited basis, is one of the state’s relatively few certified training officers in the use of the drug. He has helped train such departments as both the Greenville city and county police forces, the Charleston department, as well as Columbia and the USC campus police force.

Hwy. 20 bridge should reopen soon

Bridge Hwy. 20-29 repairs

Repair work on the Hwy. 20 Connector bridge at U. S. Hwy. 29 has been completed and the bridge is expected to be reopened within the next week or two. A contractor performing patch work on the bridge for the South Carolina Department of Transportation completed the last of three concrete pours on the bridge last week, and pending curing of the concrete and strength testing, the bridge should be open by the second week of August, according to SCDPT spokesperson Michael McKenzie. The contractor will be moving equipment to begin work soon on three other bridges in the area.

Be aware of IRS scam

The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office warns residents to be aware that it has received yet another report of an IRS Scam. In this latest one, the caller convinced the victim to purchase Apple iTunes Cards and provide the card information online. The suspect kept the victim on the phone, threatening to issue warrants if the victim contacted the police or hung up. Be aware that the IRS never requires payment via prepaid money cards.

Williamston Police Report

Williamston Police Officers investigated the following incidents:

July 13 – Alisha Marie Hewlett, 38, 108 Edgewood Dr., Williamston reported leaving a vapor module device described as blue Snow Wolf brand with aspire tank, silver mouth piece and three green batteries at Hardees, 1520 Anderson Drive. When she called the business about it she was advised it was gone. The vapor set up was valued at $130. M. E. Simmons investigated.

Anderson County Sheriff’s Report

Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated the theft of a motorcycle valued at $34,000 and in a separate incident, a man at a store on Hwy. 29 shot at someone on a motorcycle.

EASLEY

July 23 – P.D. Marter responded to 8639 Old Greenville Hwy. Ext. where Amanda Mason reported that someone had broken into her car and stolen a purse that contained fifty dollars.

Obituaries Week of July 27, 2016

ROBERTA STONE, MATTHEW MARK HESTER, PAUL WRIGHT, CHARLES ROBERTS, MARTHA COOK, DON ELLISON, MARTHA GENTRY

Power line down – Old Pelzer Rd.

rez-IMG_0323

Piedmont firefighters block Old Pelzer Road Tuesday night after a large truck ripped power and cable TV lines down and apparently left the scene. A pole was also broken during the incident. Power company trucks along with cable TV workers responded. Old Pelzer Road near Rhodes Road was closed for several hours as repairs were made. Several homes were also without power. (Photo by David Rogers)

News Week of July 20, 2016

News Week of July 20, 2016

Greenville man arrested in snatch and grab incidents

Kirk Donnell BurroughsGreenville County Deputies recently arrested 54 year-old Kirk Donnell Burroughs in connection with five snatch and grabs that took place in the Greenville area between July 18, 2016 and July 19.

According to reports, in the early morning hours of July 18, 2016 Greenville County Deputies were called to the CVS Pharmacy located at 2401 E North St., Walgreens located at 6057 White horse Rd., Wal-Mart located at 1451 Woodruff Rd., McDonalds located at 3618 Pelham Rd., and the Corner Mart gas station located at 1330 E. Lee Rd. in reference to a heavy-set black male suspect

Piedmont man arrested on auto theft, drug charges

rsz_shannon_charlie_gillespie_sr_photoShannon Charlie Gillespie, 44, of Piedmont has been served with three outstanding warrants including possession of a stolen vehicle, resisting arrest, and trafficking in methamphetamine after fleeing from authorities and later being found with the help of a K-9 unit.

According to reports, on July 16 Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 3300 Abbeville Highway in Anderson in reference to a stolen vehicle that had been spotted by the owner. The vehicle pulled into the Stop-a-Minit at that location but the suspect, later identified as Gillespie, fled on foot into the nearby woods on Beckman Drive.

T. G. Sheppard to headline Spring Water Festival entertainment

rsz_tg_photo_high_res_2013

The Williamston Springwater Committee announced this week that “classic country artist” T. G.. Sheppard will headline entertainment for the 35th annual Spring Water Festival which will be held August 26 & 27 in Williamston’s Mineral Spring Park. T. G. Sheppard has 21 number one hits and is ranked among the top 100 country artists of all time which according to Spring Water Festival Chairman David Meade, “has made him one of the most popular performers on tour today.”

“We are excited to have T. G.. Sheppard headline this years entertainment,” Meade said. “With a show full of chart topping hits like “Last Cheaters Waltz”,”I Loved ‘Em Everyone”,”Do You Wanna Go To Heaven”, and “Party Time”, T. G. Sheppard is sure to bring a show that country music lovers will appreciate and enjoy.”

Please visit WilliamstonJournal.com and TheJournalOnline.com