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Single vehicle accident – Hwy. 20

Cheddar firefighters await troopers at the scene of a single vehicle accident on Saturday morning on Highway 20. A vehicle ran off the roadway and overturned. The driver was checked at the Read More »

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Woman cut from wreckage – Old Williamston Road

One person was injured in an accident on Old Williamston Road near Brooks Road on Tuesday afternoon. It is unclear but two vehicles may have been involved. A woman had to be Read More »

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Two entrapped in single vehicle accident – Iller Street, Piedmont

Piedmont firefighters along with Pelzer EMS personnel work to free the second person after a single vehicle accident on Iller  Street on Sunday morning. The vehicle ran off the road and overturned. Read More »

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Motorcycle chase ends in Powdersville

A motorcycle chase that began in Liberty on Saturday afternoon came to a stop in Powdersville. The cyclist failed to negotiate a curve at the intersection of Three Bridges Road and Mt. Read More »

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Five injured in two vehicle accident – I85

Hopewell firefighters and Medshore Ambulance Service personnel work at the scene of an accident on Friday night. Two vehicles collided on I-85 south of Highway 81 causing both vehicles to overturn. Five Read More »

Walmart still interested in Williamston

For four years the Williamston area has been looking for signs and hoping that the talk of Walmart coming to town is true. And though not officially announced, there are new indications that Walmart store 6886 is still coming to Williamston. Read more in this week’s print edition of Journal on news stands now!

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Pig in the Park Barbecue Festival & Cookoff May 13-14

The annual Pig in the Park Barbecue Festival and Cookoff will be held next Friday and Saturday, May 13-14 in Williamston’s Mineral Spring Park. Activities will begin on Friday, May 13 at 12 noon and go until 9 p.m. There will be barbecue and food sales, craft vendors and a children’s play area. On Saturday, May 14 activities begining at 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. There will be food sales, craft/sales vendors, children’s play area and Gospel Music all day in the Ampitheatre. Judging of BBQ begins at 10 a.m. Presentation of BBQ Championship Awards will be at 2:30 p.m.

Williamston approves 2016-17 budget, zoning changes

No tax increase

By David Meade

During their regular monthly meeting Monday, Williamston Town Council approved first reading to officially adopt a zoning map, addressed several other zoning related matters, amended the sign ordinance and approved first reading on the 2016-17 budget.

Main Street/Envision Williamston Executive Director Sonya Crandall updated council on activities of the economic development program including placement of wayfinding signs, promotion of community events, community engagement with a photo contest and recent completion of a Community Master Plan.

Williamston approves first reading on $2,947,373 budget

The 2016-17 budget approved on first reading in a 4-1 vote by Williamston Town Council Monday is a balanced budget with no tax increase. Total Revenues and Expenditures are budgeted at $2,947,373, up $117,000 from $2,830,373 last year.

The budget as approved on first reading reflects the following:

Revenues: Property taxes $959,000, up from $875,000 from last year; Property Taxes Delinquent $35,000 up from $25,000; Vehicle taxes $100,000; Hospitality tax $185,000, down from $190,000; Payment in Lieu of taxes $6500, down from $7,600; Homestead Exemptions $91,000;

Officials agree: “Pelzer is a unique place with a lot of potential”

By David Meade

Members of the Pelzer Heritage Commission were joined by three members of Pelzer Town Council, representatives of Anderson County and members of Anderson County’s Legislative Delegation for an information meeting with two valuable state resources on tourism and economic development. Amy Blinson of SC Parks, Recreation and Tourism, (SCPRT) and Jill Francisco of the SC Department of Commerce offered information on grants and other resources that may be available to help with Pelzer Mills Properties and the Town of Pelzer.

Pelzer Heritage Commission Vice President Larry Coker gave a brief presentation on grants and projects the PHC is currently working on and introduced the two speakers.

Anderson County Council authorizes loan for mill site cleanups

Authorizes restrictions on three roads

By Stan Welch

During their meeting Tuesday, Anderson County Council approved an ordinance which will allow the elections commission to conduct the municipal elections of the town of Pelzer in odd numbered years. Council also authorized the County to obtain a loan from the Catawba Council of Governments to be used in cleanup efforts at the Toxaway and Pelzer mill sites.

First reading approval was given to a proposed ordinance sponsored by Councilwoman Wilson to restrict heavy trucks from Hopewell, Cheddar and Breazeale roads. A public hearing of the matter will be conducted at the next Council meeting.

There seemed to be little, if any, thawing Tuesday night of the frosty atmosphere that prevailed at the last Council meeting.

Duncan speaks to First Monday

Expecting indictment for Hillary

Congressman Jeff Duncan was in town this week, and he spoke to The First Monday Club. He offered his views on a number of topics, but his most startling revelation concerned the possible Democratic candidate for President.

“From what I am hearing, and what I know, I don’t expect Hillary Clinton to make it to the Democratic Convention without being indicted,” he told a capacity crowd. Clinton continues to be under investigation by the FBI for her handling of classified materials contained in e-mails which she stored on a non-secure server.

Williamston Police Report

Williamston Police Officers investigated the following incidents:

Apr. 26 – Linda Y Perry, 66, 103 Lee St., Williamston reported a mailbox valued at $150 missing. S. Robison investigated.

Apr. 26 – Kayla Brooke Lollis, 25, 205 Longshore Dr., Belton reported a vaporized cigarette valued at $200 missing after laying it down to help an older woman put heavy wet items into a dryer. the incident occurred at 14 Greenville Dr. Williamston. Class 3 B. Peterson investigated.

Anderson County Sheriff’s Report

Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated the following incidents over the last two week period:

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April 29 – C.L. Wilkinson responded to 126 Whippoorwill Lane where Shirley Smith reported that someone had entered her home while she was away and had moved several pieces of furniture around. She could not confirm the loss of anything. A couple of hours later, Deputy D. McQueen was dispatched to 128 Whippoorwill Court where Brian Smith reported that someone had also entered his home as well as a shed in the yard. He too could not confirm any theft.

Single vehicle accident – Hwy. 20

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Cheddar firefighters await troopers at the scene of a single vehicle accident on Saturday morning on Highway 20. A vehicle ran off the roadway and overturned. The driver was checked at the scene by EMS. (Photo by David Rogers)

Obituaries Week of May 4, 2016

YVONNE ESKEW, FRANK L. JONES JR., TOMMY COOLEY, JESSE WALLACE JR., ROBERT VINCENT DOLL SR., JOE EATON, JOAN CANDLER, JESSALENE WATSON, 

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Woman cut from wreckage – Old Williamston Road

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One person was injured in an accident on Old Williamston Road near Brooks Road on Tuesday afternoon. It is unclear but two vehicles may have been involved. A woman had to be cut from the wreckage of her vehicle by Whitefield firefighters. She was pinned inside the wreckage for about half an hour. She was rushed to an area hospital by EMS. Old Williamston Road was closed for about an hour as emergency personnel worked. (Photo by David Rogers)

Two entrapped in single vehicle accident – Iller Street, Piedmont

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Piedmont firefighters along with Pelzer EMS personnel work to free the second person after a single vehicle accident on Iller  Street on Sunday morning. The vehicle ran off the road and overturned. One person was freed through the windshield, the other had to be cut from the wreckage. (Photo by David Rogers)

Motorcycle chase ends in Powdersville

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A motorcycle chase that began in Liberty on Saturday afternoon came to a stop in Powdersville. The cyclist failed to negotiate a curve at the intersection of Three Bridges Road and Mt. Airy Church Road. After laying the bike down the suspect fled on foot but was quickly apprehended by authorities. (Photo by David Rogers)

Five injured in two vehicle accident – I85

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Hopewell firefighters and Medshore Ambulance Service personnel work at the scene of an accident on Friday night. Two vehicles collided on I-85 south of Highway 81 causing both vehicles to overturn. Five people were taken to an area hospital. Their injuries were not life threatening. (Photo by David Rogers)

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