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Funeral service held for Former Williamston Fire Chief

A restored 1936 fire truck carries the casket of former longtime Williamston Fire Chief Tommy Walker as it passes by the Williamston Fire Department on Wednesday. The station’s flag was lowered to Read More »

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Fishing event held at Darwin Wright Park

For Disabilities and Special Needs The Parents and Family Club of Anderson County Disabilities and Special Needs hosted a fishing event on Friday, June 10 at Darwin Wright Park for Anderson County Read More »

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Miss SC Pageant underway this week

Two local contestants, Rachel Wyatt of Piedmont and Brooklyn Brewster of Williamston, will represent the area in the Miss South Carolina and Miss South Carolina Teen Pageants underway this week in Columbia. Read More »

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Single vehicle accident – Lee Steam Plant Rd.

  A West Pelzer firefighter walks past a wrecked pickup truck on Tuesday night. The truck struck a deer on Lee Steam Plant Road before leaving the roadway and striking a tree. Read More »

Funeral service held for Former Williamston Fire Chief

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A restored 1936 fire truck carries the casket of former longtime Williamston Fire Chief Tommy Walker as it passes by the Williamston Fire Department on Wednesday. The station’s flag was lowered to half mast. Walker served several years as Assistant Fire Chief and thirty-five years as Fire Chief. The funeral service was held Wednesday at Williamston First Baptist Church. The funeral procession travelled to Forest Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum where Walker was entombed. He was the Fire Chief when the town purchased the 1936 fire truck, which also Williamston’s first fire truck.Walker helped restore the old fire truck. (Photo by Michael Lollis)

Fishing event held at Darwin Wright Park

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For Disabilities and Special Needs

The Parents and Family Club of Anderson County Disabilities and Special Needs hosted a fishing event on Friday, June 10 at Darwin Wright Park for Anderson County special citizens served by the Board. Over 70 Special Citizens and Staff participated in the event and a group of Professional Hartwell Lake Guides from Buck Tail Guide Service (www.bucktailguideservice.com) donated their time, rods and bait to the event.

Awards went to First Place – Ricky Duncan; Largest Fish – Jacob Black; Second Place – Josh Gerwe; Third Place – Karson Warner; First Catch of the day – Bill Nichols and Tree-Mendous Catch (tree limb) to Sandra Sills.

Miss SC Pageant underway this week

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Two local contestants, Rachel Wyatt of Piedmont and Brooklyn Brewster of Williamston, will represent the area in the Miss South Carolina and Miss South Carolina Teen Pageants underway this week in Columbia. Wyatt is competing as Miss Clemson and will perform a Jazz Dance for talent and a platform of Enriching the Lives of Special Needs Adults. Brewster, competing as Miss Anderson County Teen, won the Talent preliminary Tuesday with a baton routine.

ACT 388 penalizing growing school districts, municipalities

By David Meade

Anderson School District One is among a number of growing school districts across the state, that are being penalized in funding as the result of ACT388, a law enacting a one cent statewide sales tax to replace residential housing property tax in the state. District One Superintendent David Havird said this week that Anderson District One has lost several million dollars in funding since the state enacted ACT 388 in 2007 to provide property tax relief.

Coke Distribution facility to hold grand opening – Piedmont

Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated will open a new chapter in its 114-year history in South Carolina by celebrating the grand opening of its new Regional Sales and Distribution Center in Anderson County. On June 23, elected officials, key customers, and community leaders will join Coca-Cola Consolidated at an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony at the company’s new 150,000 square foot sales and distribution facility on Highway 86 in Piedmont.

County approves budget with increases for solid waste, library, Tri-County Tec

By Stan Welch

The Anderson County Council gave final approval to the 2016-2017 budget, a budget which contained some minor increases.

A one mill in crease will be dedicated for use by the library system, while Tri County Technical College will also receive a small increase in its funding. The solid waste fee per household will increase by two dollars a year, and developers will pay a higher storm water fee.

In reference to the solid waste fee increase, Councilwoman Cindy Wilson raised the issue of recycling, saying that too many people in the county still fail to recycle. She also revisited the issue of the Big Creek landfill and the circumstances under which Allied Waste acquired it many years ago.

Solicitor race to be decided in runoff Tuesday

By Stan Welch

David Wagner and Rame Campbell, both veterans of the Chrissy Adams administration of the Tenth Circuit Solicitor’s Office, will face off in the runoff election on June 28.

Wagner, who was originally hired by former Solicitor George Ducworth, has twenty five years experience, while Campbell, also currently serving as a deputy solicitor has less experience. Wagner, described by Campbell as more of an administrator, touts his record as an active prosecutor who has taken more criminals to court than anyone else in the circuit.

Campbell is the deputy solicitor in Anderson County while Wagner is headquartered in the Oconee office,. Both men and their families call Anderson County home.

Absentee voting underway for runoff election

In-person absentee voting for the runoff election next Tuesday, June 28 is now underway.

Registered voters in Anderson County, who qualify, and need to cast an absentee ballot for Republican Runoff for Solicitor, House District 7 and County Council District 3, can do so weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. until the day before the election.

“In-person absentee voting for the Republican Runoff is open to any voters that voted in the Republican Primary or did not vote at all.” said Katy Smith, Director.

Zoning Board to meet June 28

The Board of Zoning Appeals for the Town of Williamston will meet on Tuesday, June 28, at 6 p.m. at the Williamston Municipal Center. The Board will consider a request from Gerald Burger for a variance to erect a structure on his property at 134 Crown Court. At present the plan does not comply with the setback requirements set forth in the Code of Ordinances for the Town of Williamston. The meeting will be open to the public. Any interested party may appear and be heard at this meeting in person, by agent, or by attorney.

Williamston Police Department stats – April and May

Williamston Police Officers had 231 traffic stops in April with 152 warnings written and 138 traffic stops in May with 77 warnings. Department Stats reported for May 2016 were as follows:

Uniform Patrol

Keep Checks 573

Community Policing 10

Incident Reports Completed 58

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Anderson County Public Works Department reported the following projects underway across Anderson County:

Building and Codes

·         Met with Development Standards to review plans submitted for new homes in an existing Planned Development (PD).

Easley man arrested for auto theft

Less than 12 hours after jail release

By Stan Welch

A twenty three year old Easley man was out of jail for less than twelve hours Monday before being taken into custody for grand larceny auto theft. Alan Jacob Gunter, WM, six feet tall, weighing one hundred sixty pounds, was taken into custody at the Power Trac 5 convenience store on Highway 88 in Central. The incident began at approximately twenty after five Monday evening.

Adding insult to injury, Gunter was captured by the owners of the Honda Odyssey he stole from a medical rehabilitation facility on James Mattison Road.

The owners of the car, whose identities were not made available, pursued Gunter in another vehicle, apparently without his knowledge. When he stopped at the convenience store, they confronted him and held him at gunpoint until Anderson county deputies arrived.

Gunter, whose listed address is 115 Pearson Terrace Drive in Easley, had been released from Pickens County jail earlier in the day after being charged with carjacking and impersonating a law enforcement officer.

Williamston Police Report

Williamston police officers investigated the following incidents:

June 14 – Clifford Lee Dove, 27, 217 Tripp St., Williamston was arrested for outstanding bench warrant after Anderson County notified Williamston Police Department that he was in custody. Officer T. L. Eichelberger responded to Walmart on Liberty Highway and transported Dove to detention where he was placed without incident.

Anderson County Sheriff’s Report

The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office only provided information on incidents taking place over a three day period last week. According to incident reports made available to The Journal, Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated the following:

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June 17 – Z.W. Crane responded to 120 Bellview Circle where Dale Luker reported that someone had broken into his home and stolen a variety of items, from a big screen television, to clothes to tools. He also reported the loss of his medication. A second victim, Matthew Carson also reported several items stolen. He said he was at the home when the burglary occurred but was asleep due to some seizure medication he was taking.The total loss was estimated at $1080.

Single vehicle accident – Lee Steam Plant Rd.

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A West Pelzer firefighter walks past a wrecked pickup truck on Tuesday night. The truck struck a deer on Lee Steam Plant Road before leaving the roadway and striking a tree. The driver was checked by Medshore Ambulance Service personnel but was not transported to the hospital. (Photo by David Rogers)

 

 

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