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Smoldering mulch pile

South Greenville firefighters work to extinguish a smoldering mulch pile Sunday afternoon. It took firefighters more than an hour to spread the mulch with a tractor and put water on it to Read More »

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2015 Spring Water Festival has special moments

Organizers of the 2015 Spring Water Festival said they were very pleased with this year’s festival. “We were blessed with great festival weather and everything went really well,” Springwater Committee Chairman David Read More »

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Driver injured – Middleton Blvd.

Williamston Fire and MedShore Ambulance Service personnel work to remove the driver of an SUV injured in a three vehicle accident on Middleton Blvd. at approximately 3:15 Monday afternoon. No one in Read More »

ACSO asks public help in identifying suspect in Easley assault

Suspect Sketch - Aggravated AssaultresInvestigators with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office are asking for the public’s assistance to help identify a suspect involved in an aggravated assault in the Easley area on Aug. 9

According to the incident report, just after midnight on Sunday, August 9, a female was walking home along Three Bridges Road in Easley when a dark colored sedan passed, then turned around and came back alongside her. The male driver asked if she needed a ride. When she replied “no” the driver reached out of the vehicle’s window, grabbed her by the arm and pulled her toward the car.

The female was able to pull away and the suspect then sped off.

The suspect is described as a heavy-set white male in his mid-thirties, with a very pale complexion. He has sandy blonde hair with a side part and wears very large thick-lens glasses. At the time of the incident he was wearing a light blue, short sleeve, button down uniform type shirt. His vehicle is described as a newer model, dark in color, 4-door sedan with tan interior. The vehicle also has the newer style, blue headlights.

Anyone with information concerning the identity of the suspect is asked to contact Investigator Gene Culbertson at (864) 231-2807 or fculbertson@andersonsheriff.com or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

Special meeting Tuesday to address Gatewood project

There will be a special called meeting of Williamston Town Council on Tuesday September 1st at 6:30 pm at Williamston Town Hall to discuss a local project of public interest. “The public meeting will be to discuss the current standing of the Anderson County Transportation Committee Gatewood Project and next steps in the completion of the project,” Williamston Mayor Mack Durham said.

Representatives on the County, State, and Federal level along with project-related entities are expected to attend.

“Our residents will have the opportunity to hear each entity’s perspective directly,” Durham said.

Smoldering mulch pile

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South Greenville firefighters work to extinguish a smoldering mulch pile Sunday afternoon. It took firefighters more than an hour to spread the mulch with a tractor and put water on it to cool it. (Photo by David Rogers)

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News Week of Aug. 26, 2015

News Week of Aug. 26, 2015

2015 Spring Water Festival has special moments

Thomas Addison sculptureres

Organizers of the 2015 Spring Water Festival said they were very pleased with this year’s festival.

“We were blessed with great festival weather and everything went really well,” Springwater Committee Chairman David Meade said. “We had reports that there was rain in several surrounding areas but other than a few drops on Saturday morning, it was great.”

Slightly overcast and cooler temperatures contributed to a good crowd at the festival all day on Saturday, Meade said. While not the largest crowd the festival has had, attendance was better than average. Organizers estimated the crowd at 7000 to 10,000 over the two days of the festival.

School District One enrollment may top 9700

By David Meade

Anderson School District One Board of Trustees heard a report on the opening of school and an update on the local option sales tax during their regular monthly meeting Tueday.

Director of Finance Travis Thomas reported the district has begun receiveing payments from the local option sales tax which went into effect in March. Thomas said the district will receive $1,380,830 from the sales tax for March, April and May of this year. Anderson County Total collected was $4,541,784, he said. District One is allocated 30.4 percent of the total. Eighty percent of the District One allocation, or $1,104,664 will be used for capital improvements, while 20 percent, or $276,166 will go toward property tax relief.

Paxton will not run for reelection in West Pelzer

By Stan Welch

Last week, with less than forty eight hours left for candidates to sign up for mayoral and town council elections there were several questions about the upcoming elections left unanswered. Many of those questions have been answered, although some of the answers are surprising.

In West Pelzer, for the first time in a decade, Peggy Paxton, who has served as mayor, will not be on the ballot, having decided not to file for the race. Instead, two incumbent Council members, Blake Sanders and Jimmy Jeanes will vie for that position. Jeanes’ Council seat is not at risk. If he fails in his bid for mayor, he will retain his seat on Council. If he is elected mayor, his seat will be vacated until a special election is held on the thirteenth Tuesday following his swearing in ceremony. That date falls on March 29, 2016.

Obituaries Week of August 26, 2015

RICHARD TAYLOR, L. DONALD NEWTON, DOROTHY STAFFORD, ALLEN ALVERSON, BOB LYERLY, NANCY HOLT, ‘CHUCK’ CASEY, CHERYL COBB, OLIN LEE BROWN, ROBERT COTHRAN, RUFUS OLIVER SANDERS SR., CAROLYN P. ARNOLD

Two lottery players hit it big in Williamston

$250,000 and $100,000

Two lottery players who bought tickets in Williamston are six-figures richer.

A $250,000 winning ticket sold at the Williamston Curb Market on Greenville Dr. and a $100,000 winning ticket bought just five minutes away at the Saluda Quick Stop Inc. on Anderson Dr. were both claimed this week.

The quarter-of-a-million dollar winner lives next door in Pelzer. She says she rarely buys a ticket, and at first glance thought she’d won $250 on her Payout scratch-off. It was the store clerk who corrected her mistake.

GOP Presidential candidates in Anderson

Senator Ted Cruz, Dr. Ben Carson, Gov. Scott Walker

By Stan Welch

The Anderson Civic Center welcomed twenty one hundred area residents and three well known candidates for the Republican nomination for President of the United States Monday night.

Suffice it to say, it was no place for moderates. Third District Congressman Jeff Duncan’s fifth annual Faith and Freedom BBQ attracted a distinctly conservative crowd, who came to hear former Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, and political neophyte and world renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson.

Congressman Duncan got the ball rolling with an early press conference, during which he conceded that the three guests he had invited were considered as insurgents by the GOP establishment. “One thing that seems abundantly clear in this primary season so far is that people don’t trust the insiders, the power structure. That is the main reason that these folks, as well as some others outside the mainstream of the party are rising in the polls,” said Duncan.

Special meeting Tuesday to address Gatewood project

There will be a special called meeting of Williamston Town Council on Tuesday September 1st at 6:30 pm at Williamston Town Hall to discuss a local project of public interest.

“The public meeting will be to discuss the current standing of the Anderson County Transportation Committee Gatewood Project and next steps in the completion of the project,” Williamston Mayor Mack Durham said.

Representatives on the County, State, and Federal level along with project-related entities are expected to attend. “Our residents will have the opportunity to hear each entity’s perspective directly,” Durham said.

Williamston Police Report

Williamston Police Offficers investigated the following incidents:

August 18 – Jacob Camron Crawford, 22, 252 E. Standing Springs Rd., Simpsonville was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia after officers were dispatched to the area of Main St. and Green St. According to reports he thought he was in NC and had run out of gas on his motorcycle. A hypodermic needle was found in his left cargo pocket. S. N. Robison investigated.

Anderson County Sheriff’s Report

Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies investiagated the following:

EASLEY

August 21 – J.A. Clark responded to the Burger King on Hwy. 153 in reference to a suspicious person. Upon arrival he made contact with Ezekiel Rogers, WM, 36, of Holt’s Summit Missouri. According to reports, Rogers was grossly intoxicated and was accosting customers asking for money. He was taken into custody and transported to ACDC.

August 22 – P.D. Marter responded to the 7-11 convenience store at 3600 Hwy. 153, where he and the store manager reviewed video tape showing a white female, 5’4″,medium build, with pink hair and a black male, 28-30 years old, 5’10″ enter the store and begin to distract the staff at the register. The male entered the beer cooler and stole several items. He went to the car and returned. The pair again distracted the staff and the key to the cigarette locker was attained by them. The male again stole a number of items by sticking them in his clothing. The two left with approximately $1400 worth of merchandise.

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