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Mineral Spring at Christmas

Williamston’s Mineral Spring house decorated for Christmas 2014. This photo and the following photos of lighted scenes in The Christmas Park were made by Journal photographer Michael Lollis. They were recently published Read More »

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Williamston Christmas Park big wreath

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Williamston Christmas Park Scout Hut

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Bethlehem Inn

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Light Tree

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Town Hall from the Christmas Park

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Stars shining bright

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Jones signs 2

Jones signs with Ole Miss

The number one college defensive recruit, D.J. Jones, announced on December 17 that he will play the rest of his college career at Ole Miss. Read More »

Tanker overturns in Belton

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Belton and Cheddar firefighters work at the scene of an overturned gasoline tanker Sunday morning. The truck struck a concrete wall on North Main Street in Belton before overturning. Several hundred gallons of gasoline was on board the tanker. The tank ripped open on the rear and spilled gas onto the road. (Photo by David Rogers)

Mineral Spring at Christmas

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Williamston’s Mineral Spring house decorated for Christmas 2014. This photo and the following photos of lighted scenes in The Christmas Park were made by Journal photographer Michael Lollis. They were recently published in The Journal in black and white, but we thought our readers may enjoy seeing them in color. The Journal staff wishes everyone of our readers, advertisers and correspondants a Very Merry Christmas!

Williamston Christmas Park big wreath

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Williamston Christmas Park Scout Hut

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Bethlehem Inn

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Light Tree

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Town Hall from the Christmas Park

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Stars shining bright

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Sen. Bryant talks with area residents on local, state issues

By Stan Welch

State Senator Kevin Bryant has been holding a series of “Fire House Chat” meetings to get input and response from his constituents. One thing he has learned is that holding such meetings just a few days before Christmas may not be the way to go.

Forty five minutes into his Tuesday evening meeting (Dec. 16) at the Powdersville Fire Department, a dozen adults and three minors had gathered; a fact that Bryant ruefully acknowledged, saying that next year a different schedule might be more useful. Still, he carried on with his presentation about the coming legislative session, and answered questions from the audience.

Donnie Jeanes running for West Pelzer Council

Donnie Jeanes, 33, is one of four candidates running for the open seat on West Pelzer Town Council.

Jeanes has been the manager of a local business, Bill’s Tires, for 19 years. He is a lifelong resident of the Pelzer/West Pelzer area and has resided in West Pelzer for five years. He and his wife Brittany have a fourteen month old daughter. Jeanes has been a member of the West Pelzer Fire Department for 14 years and has served in several officer positions including Lieutenant, captain and assistant cheif.

He said his experience as an officer with the fire department, has made him well aware of how taxpayers dollars should be spent. He said if elected, he will be conservative with taxpayer dollars.

Duke Energy to remove coal ash by truck

From Lee Steam site

Officials with Duke Energy announced Thursday (Dec. 18) that they are planning to excavate 3.2 million tons of coal ash currently on the property of the Lee Steam Station near Williamston.

Duke Energy submitted filings to state regulators this week outlining the excavation plans. According to a new release, the company has selected Waste Management to excavate and transport ash from the inactive basin and ash fill area to a fully lined solid waste landfill in Homer, Ga., operated by Waste Management. Trucks will haul the ash because the landfill has no rail access.

Excavation of these two areas of the site represents about 44 percent of ash on the property and is expected to take about three years once Duke Energy receives SCDHEC approval of the plan and all required permits.

Main St. Director resigns

Williamston’s Main Street Program Director Caroline Alex has announced that she is resigning her position with the town’s economic development program effective Dec. 26. Alex has served as the programs coordinator for one year. She will be taking a position with Clemson University.

Williamston Mayor Mack Durham said he was “happy for Caroline” and “the town was fortunate to have had such a talented person to help get the program founded.” He said he was equally excited to begin the process of finding another professional to carry the program forward.

Durham said he will work with Main Street SC Director Beppie LeGrand and Main Street Williamston Board Chairman Jonathan Fowler during the interview process to find a new director for the Main Street Williamston program.

West Pelzer residents have choice in Dec. 30 election

December 30By Stan Welch

Residents of West Pelzer will be able to go to the polls on the last Tuesday of the year for a special election to fill one vacant seat on town council. The seat was vacated by the resignation of Robert Alexander earlier this year.

While the faces of the four candidates on the ballot in the Dec. 30 special election are fresh, the names still evoke a sense of legacy and continuity. Two candidates have relatives who have either served on Council, or are still on Council currently.

Scott to contest charges for removing mail box

By Stan Welch

As a result of a dispute with a neighbor, town councilman Otis Scott appeared before the judge in the Powdersville Summary Court last week, Scott, who currently serves on the Williamston Town Council as the Ward Four representative, has been charged with malicious damage to real property.

On October 2, Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputy B.S. Chandler received a telephone complaint from Daniel Keeler who once resided at 5 A Street in Williamston. Scott lives at 4 A Street. Keeler, who, according to the incident report on file at the ACSO, now lives in Forney Texas, but still owns the residence on A Street, complained that Scott had sent him an e-mail, telling him that on September 27 he had removed Keeler’s mailbox; which Scott claimed was on his property, and had placed it on Keeler’s front porch.

Sen. O’Dell recognized for supporting agriculture

By Stan Welch

Senator Billy O’Dell added to a long list of awards received as a legislator when the South Carolina Farm Bureau honored him earlier this month with one of its two Legislator of the Year awards. O’Dell was recognized for his support of agriculture in South Carolina and his efforts “to help agriculture survive and thrive in South Carolina”.

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