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18-Wheeler crash on I-85

An accident on I-85 north today brought both northbound lanes to a standstill. According to reports, a north bound 18-wheeler left the interstate and crashed into trees. Emergency responders had to cut the driver Read More »

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Ladder truck at Dollar General

Williamston and Honea Path Firefighters were dispatched to Dollar General on West Main St. to check out smoke in the building. The Honea Path ladder truck was on the scene of an Read More »

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Fire Department called to Palmetto Elementary

Williamston and Honea Path Firefighters were called to Palmetto Elementary School around 11:30 a.m. Monday to check out smoke in the cafeteria area. Firefighters were on the  scene trying to determine what Read More »

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Emergency crews help woman in overturned vehicle

Pelzer EMS workers along with Wren firefighters assist an Anderson woman in getting out of her overturned vehicle late Sunday night. The woman was driving south on US 29 near Shiloh Church Read More »

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House fire on Finley Street

Firefighters from West Pelzer, Wren, and Williamston battle a house fire Saturday afternoon on Finley Street in Pelzer. The home was completely engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. Pelzer EMS stood by Read More »

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Firefighters work car fire

West Pelzer firefighters prepare to attack a car fire Saturday night. When firefighters arrived the engine compartment of the car was fully engulfed. The car was a total loss. The owner said Read More »

18-Wheeler crash on I-85

I 85 18wheelerres

An accident on I-85 north today brought both northbound lanes to a standstill. According to reports, a north bound 18-wheeler left the interstate and crashed into trees. Emergency responders had to cut the driver out of the truck and he was transported to the hospital by helicopter. The SC Highway Patrol is investigating.

Branding “charette” to help develop town image

By David Meade

Main Street Williamston is sponsoring a Branding and Marketing Workshop for the Town of Williamston on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 29 and 30.

The “branding charette” is the biggest project yet for Williamston’s new Main Street Program and input from the two day session will be used to develop an “image” that will be key in Williamston’s future revitalization efforts.

“The workshop endeavors to capture the identity of Williamston through graphic design elements and the entire community is invited to be a part of the process,” said Main Street Williamston Executive Director Caroline Alex.

“A key element of successful economic development is understanding a community’s unique identity and how to market those character-defining assets,” Alex said. “This workshop is intended to help us better understand what makes Williamston unique and how to celebrate those things through graphic design collateral such as logos, taglines, wayfinding signage, web sites, banners, advertisements, etc.”

Hospitality Tax funding events, projects

Williamston’s Hospitality Tax has become the source of funding for a number of organizations, events, festivals and projects since it was implemented several years ago.

The town’s hospitality tax is a two percent sales tax on prepared food and drinks purchased at convenience stores and restaurants in the town limits. It is designated and restricted to be used for promotion, tourism and recreation related expenditures.

The fund averages collections of approximately $15,000 each month , amounting to more than $160,000 for the entire year.

Council holds budget work session

During a budget worksession held Tuesday, Williamston Town Council discussed limb and leaf pickup schedules and possible changes in the Municipal Court. There was also some discussion about paving and use of hospitality tax funds.

Williamston Mayor Mack Durham said he is meeting with town workers about changing the pickup schedule to match the Ward with the Week of the Month, ie, Ward 1 will be picked up during Week 1, Ward 2 on week 2, Ward 3 on week 3 and Ward 4 on week 4.

Police investigate shooting

By Stan Welch

The Williamston Police Department continues to investigate a shooting incident in Williamston at Tuesday night, at 604 S. Hamilton Street in which a female victim was shot in the head.

The victim, who was transported to Greenville Memorial Hospital was in critical but stable condion on Wednesday.

Williamston police officials were able to provide only minimal information concerning the shooting on Wednesday.

According to reports a man named Billy Smith was detained for interfering with the investigation and will be held until it is determined whether the shooting was an accident or not.

West Pelzer Crime Watch to meet May 6

West Pelzer Town Councilman Johnny Rogers is chairing the formation of The West Pelzer Crime Watch Group on May 6, 2014 at 7 p.m. All citizens are invited to participate as we form this group.

County to address substandard housing – 15 properties

Anderson County Council announced that Phase I of the 2013-14 Demolition Plan for Substandard Housing Properties will begin this week. During the next four weeks, a total of 15 properties will be razed.

Targeted properties include: 7 P Street, 107 R Street, 33 Lyons Street, 1401 P & N Drive, 1403 P & N Drive, 1101 Brown Road, 106 Dogwood Lane, 312 Vandiver Street, 210 Jones Street, 10 Donald Street, 409 W Queens Street, 826 Dora Drive, 828 Dora Drive, 830 Dora Drive and 832 Dora Drive. The first property scheduled for demolition is located at 107 R Street, followed by 7 P Street and properties on Dora Drive respectively.

Anderson County showing positive employment signs

The remarkable gains in jobs created in Anderson County in recent months continued in March, as well. In February according to statistics provided by the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce (SCDEW). The Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) report issued by SCDEW measured Anderson County’s February2014 unemployment rate at 4.5%.

District One schools receive Gold and Silver

From SC Dept. of Education

The South Carolina Department of Education recently released the 2013-2014 Gold and Silver awards for schools. Ten of fourteen schools in Anderson School District One received Gold for academic performance. Three received a Silver award for closing the achievement gap. Wren High school was among five percent in the state to make Gold on both.

Wren High receives double Gold Awards

Performance and Closing the Gap

The South Carolina Department of Education recently released the 2013-2014 Gold and Silver awards for schools. Wren High School was among five percent of schools in the state to make Gold on both academic performance and closing the gap

Wren High Principal Nichole Boseman said, “It is the tireless efforts of the faculty and staff at Wren High that contribute to the school’s success. Teachers go beyond what is required to make sure a student is given the opportunity to reach success. The environment at Wren High School is one in which learning is most important and all students have a chance to perform their best. It does not matter the challenge, obstacle, or circumstance, our belief is “whatever it takes.”

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