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Merry Christmas Pageant winners

The 2014 Miss Merry Christmas Pageant was held on Sunday, Nov. 23 at Williamston Municipal Center. Winners were: from left – Young Merry Christmas, 11-13 years old, Katie Elrod; Junior Merry Christmas, Read More »

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Greenville & Western Railway opens machinery distribution hub in Williamston

Greenville & Western Railway Company, LLC (GRLW), a wholly owned subsidiary of Western Carolina Railway Service Corporation, held a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday (Nov. 20) for the Grand Opening of its Big Read More »

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Two car accident – Intersection Hwy. 20

Piedmont firefighters await on a state trooper to finish his investigation of an accident on Friday evening. A car struck another at the intersection of Highway 20 and Southside Circle. One person Read More »

Merry Christmas Pageant winners

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The 2014 Miss Merry Christmas Pageant was held on Sunday, Nov. 23 at Williamston Municipal Center. Winners were: from left – Young Merry Christmas, 11-13 years old, Katie Elrod; Junior Merry Christmas, 14-16 years old, Dakota Erwin; Peoples Choice Crown, Brittany Bagwell; Miss Merry Christmas, 11-19 years old, Gabriella White; Mini Merry Christmas, ages 8-10, Ava Zapata; Miss Merry Christmas Princess, newborn – 10 years old, Mattison Broome; Toddler Merry Christmas, 2-4 years old; Whitley Owen.

Anderson County to apply for Duke Energy water resources grant

For Timmerman access

Anderson County Council recently approved a request to apply for a just under $100,000 grant from the Duke Energy Water Resources Fund which will fund several improvements to the Dr. James A. Timmerman, Jr. Access on the Saluda River in Pelzer, if approved.

Scheduled improvements to the facility, located at 15 Capers Street, will include: installation of an ADA-accessible kayak launch, construction of a 650-foot shoreline access trail, and general parking lot improvements. The Timmerman Access is owned and operated by Anderson County.

Greenville & Western Railway opens machinery distribution hub in Williamston

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Greenville & Western Railway Company, LLC (GRLW), a wholly owned subsidiary of Western Carolina Railway Service Corporation, held a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday (Nov. 20) for the Grand Opening of its Big Creek Machinery Distribution Hub, located at 210 Mill Street, in Williamston.

Through its partnership with CSX Transportation, BNSF Railway and BNSF Logistics, GRLW’s new facility offers a customizable turnkey solution for heavy machinery manufacturers and dealers to move their equipment door to door from origin point of import/manufacture in the Southeastern United States to destination point of export/domestic distribution anywhere on the North American rail network.

Four sign up for vacant West Pelzer council seat

Special election Dec. 30

By Stan Welch

The slate for West Pelzer’s special election next month has been filled, and filing is closed. Four people have filed to run for the town council seat vacated by Robert Alexander last month. They are Donnie Jeanes, Jim Riddle, Shyanne Webb, and David Odom, whose mother Ann is a former Council member.

Alexander resigned his seat after moving out of town to pursue an employment opportunity. The Town Council has struggled from time to time with having an even number of members.

Special Events Planned for the Holidays

By David Meade

The Holiday Season is here and annual events and new events will abound for those looking for something special to do.

In addition to area parades, there is a Reindeer Run, Charles Dickens dinner and theater, Mill Town Players presentation of “A Christmas Carol” and more.

Opening night ceremony for lighting of the Christmas Park and Deck the Halls will be held this Saturday, November 29 at 5:50 p.m. in Williamston’s Mineral Spring Park.

Christmas Park opening this Saturday

Opening night ceremony for the Christmas Park and Deck the Halls will be held this Saturday, November 29 beginning at 5:50 p.m. at the amphitheater stage in Williamston’s Mineral Spring Park.

Williamston Mayor Mack Durham will open with a welcome which will be followed by Opening prayer by Pastor Jon Feusse of Midway Bible Church, Pelzer Santa will arrive on the Williamston Historic 1936 Fire Truck at 6 p.m.

Cemetery Candlelight Service December 11

The Williamston Cemetery Committee will observe its annual Memorial Candlelight Service at the Williamston Cemetery on Thursday, December 11 at 6 pm. An invocation will be offered by Mr. Dale Harper and special music will be provided for the evening. Along with the mayor and town council, the public is invited and encouraged to attend and participate in the service.

In the event of inclement weather, an alternate date will be announced. Please contact Williamston Town Hall 864-847-7473 for committee contact information.

Journal office closed Nov. 26-28

The Journal office will be closed Nov. 26-28 for the Thanksgiving Holiday. News items for the following week may be mailed, faxed, or emailed or items may be placed in our mail drop box at the front door. We wish our correspondents, advertisers and readers a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving Holiday!Journal office closed for Thanksgiving

Public meeting in Pelzer December 9

Pelzer Dump Cleanup Grant/Crimewatch

A public meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 9 at 6 pm at the Pelzer Community Building regarding a Brownfields Cleanup Grant application for the old Pelzer Mills dump site located on the banks of the Saluda River.

The Pelzer Heritage Commission (PHC) is submitting two Brownfields Cleanup Grant Applications to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to conduct cleanup activities at the site now known as the Pelzer Mill Disposal Areas.

Convenience Centers closed Thanksgiving

The Anderson County Convenience Centers, Starr Landfill and Anderson Regional MRF will be closed only on Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 2014. The sites will reopen on Friday November 28.

In case you missed it, here are some highlights ion Anderson County Convenience Centers from the Nov. 19 Anderson County Public Works Department Report:

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