Mill Town Players theater group kicks off inaugural season Friday

The Mill Town Players will present “Always Patsy Cline” beginning this weekend. The first production for the new theater group will run from September 19 through 28 at the Pelzer Auditorium. Tickets Read More »


Tanker rearended – West Pelzer

West Pelzer Fire Chief David Huff takes notes at the scene of a accident on Main Street in West Pelzer on Sunday evening involving a tanker truck. The big rig was slowing Read More »


One injured – McNeely Road

Powdersville firefighters work at the scene of a two vehicle accident on McNeely Road on Saturday afternoon. Two vehicles collided near Cooper Crossing. Both vehicles left the roadway and one knocked down Read More »

Mill Town Players theater group kicks off inaugural season Friday


The Mill Town Players will present “Always Patsy Cline” beginning this weekend. The first production for the new theater group will run from September 19 through 28 at the Pelzer Auditorium. Tickets are now on sale. Pictured are Guitarist Larry Rockwell and singer Katie Rockwell as Patsy Cline.

“Always Patsy Cline”

The Mill Town Players will present their first production, “Always Patsy Cline” September 19-28, at the Historic Pelzer Auditorium. Opening night for the first show will be this Friday, Sept. 19. There will be a total of 7 performances.

The production will include performances by Upstate stage veterans Kristi Parker Byers and Katie Rockwell as Patsy Cline. Rockwell’s rockabilly band, Honey and the Hotrods, will also perform in the show. Performances begin at 8pm Fridays and Saturdays and matinees at 3pm on Sundays. There will also be a Thursday performance next week at 8 p.m. (Sept. 25).

Pelzer Fall Festival September 27

The Pelzer Heritage Commission will sponsor the Pelzer Fall Festival September 27 in Pelzer Monkey Park. This will be the third community festival the organization has held.

There will be live entertainment, displays, crafts and food vendors. Live stage entertainment will begin at 10 a.m. with Gospel singing. Other entertainment will follow at 12 noon. Stage schedule includes:

Piedmont firefighters receive training

PPSD Monthly Report

By Stan Welch

The Piedmont Public Service Commission held its monthly meeting Monday night, and moved quickly through a routine agenda.

Commissioner Lib Pack reported that the community building had generated six hundred twenty dollars in rental revenues in August.

Commissioner Rudy Rhodes and Chief Tracy Wallace informed the Commission that the lawn care contractor had made significant headway on catching up the work called for by the contract. The Commission voted last month to invoke the thirty days notice to the contractor responsible for cutting the grass at the ball fields and the fire houses.

Nine arrested in crime spree

Two Williamston men were among nine individuals recently arrested who were involved in a “Crime Ring” which committed offenses in the Belton/Honea Path area during July and August.

According to investigators assigned to the case, the suspects were involved in at least 14 separate criminal incidents and netted over $43,000 in stolen goods. The suspects all knew each other, hung out together, and looked for “targets of opportunity” to support their illegal drug habit, investigators said.

Parking along East-West Connector causing a problem

By Stan Welch

The Anderson County Council heard an update of the Appalachian Council of Government’s (ACOG) comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS) Tuesday night, preparatory to issuing the obligatory letter of support for the group’s efforts.

The periodic review offered little in the way of new information, basking instead in the recent success in the area of job creation and attraction of new industries across the Upstate in recent months.

County receives $60,000 grant to help with Toxaway Mill Site cleanup

Anderson County recently announced the receipt of a $60,000 Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Grant. This grant funding will be matched with local dollars ($60,000 is included in the adopted FY 2014-15 County Budget) and will be used to remove the remaining debris from the 14-acre Toxaway Mill Site on Gossett Street.

S.C. National Guard units protect nation’s capital during 9/11 anniversary

By Capt. Brian Hare, South Carolina National Guard

Public Affairs Officer

Consistent with the rotational basis for deployments that they’ve completed every few years since the attacks of 9/11, the South Carolina National Guard’s 263rd Army Air and Missile Defense Command (AAMDC) and its subordinate unit, the 2-263rd Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Battalion, were supporting on Patriot’s Day, Sept. 11.

Both units, headquartered in Anderson., are supporting as part of the Integrated Air Defense mission protecting our National Capital Region (NCR).

Touchdown Club to feature Danny Ford

The Anderson Area Touchdown Club will feature former Clemson head football coach Danny Ford as its speaker on Friday, September 19th at the Anderson County Library (300 North McDuffie Street). Coach Ford always brings humor and stories from his football days under Coach “Bear” Bryant, Coach Charley Pell, and other notable coaches.

Restoration Chapel to honor local officials and first responders

Restoration Chapel will honor local government officials, first responders and business leaders during a special service this Sunday, Sept. 21 at 10:45 a.m. All area leaders and first responders are invited to Restoration Chapel for the special honor recognition.

“During this time we would like to personally acknowledge you and thank you for all that you have done. Most importantly, we would like you to know that Restoration Chapel is praying for you, your family, and your surrounding community,” Restoration Chapel Senior Pastor Bobby Winburn said.

Greenville County Schools offers free SAT Prep Course

Greenville County Schools is offering a free Online SAT Prep Course from the College Board for juniors, seniors, and other students preparing for the test – a $69.95 value!

The online course helps students improve their overall readiness for the SAT with interactive lessons, practice tests, personalized score reports, essay writing skills, and detailed answer explanations. The course is comprehensive, easy to use, and can be taken anytime from a computer with Internet access.

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