Investigate fatal hit and run – Hwy. 86

Sgt T. W. Carter with the SC Highway Patrol looks at evidence following a hit and run wreck on Highway 86 Tuesday night. A man waking east toward Piedmont was struck by Read More »


No injuries – Hwy. 8, 17 & 81 intersection

Wren firefighters await state troopers at the scene of a two vehicle accident on Monday evening. A pickup truck and car collided at the intersection of Highways 8, 17, and 81. Pelzer Read More »


Weather downs tree – Midway Road

A large pine tree fell across Midway Road south of Welcome Road Tuesday evening. The tree blocked the entire roadway. State troopers warned motorists of the hazard until SCDOT could arrive and Read More »


Deer strikes van – Holland Ford Rd.

An eight point buck struck a van on Holland Ford Road Saturday afternoon. The man driving the van suffered cuts and scrapes when the deer struck the drivers side of the van Read More »

Hit and run victim identified

The man who was killed in a hit and run incident Tuesday evening on Hwy. 86 in Piedmont had just been released from jail. Anderson County Deputy Coroner Don McCown said Varick Scott Kimbrell, 43, died in the hospital after he was struck by a pickup truck which left the scene about 8 p.m. Varick had been released from the Anderso County Detention Center less than an hour earlier.

The driver of the pickup truck, Jason William Yeargin, 33, of Piedmont was arrested later and charged with felony DUI resulting in death, hit and run involving death and other charges including possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance.

Fatal hit and run

School District One gets an “A”

Anderson School District One was ranked number 5 among 11 districts in the state with Federal Report Card Rating of “A” which was released Tuesday. The Elementary and Secondary Education Act Federal Accountability System, known as the federal report card, scores each school and district based on test scores, attendance and graduation rates.

Anderson One’s 2014 graduation rate increased from 86.9 to 91.8, the fourth highest in the state following York 4, Barnwell 29 and Calhoun.

David Havird, Superintendent of Anderson One, and the district office challenged the district to improve the graduation rate from 86.9 to 90. The teachers and administration took the challenge and met the goal. For the first time, the graduation rate is 90.8.

West Pelzer Elementary awarded performance grant

The South Carolina Department of Education announced that West Pelzer Elementary School in Anderson District One has been awarded a Distinguished Schools Reward for Performance grant.

They were one of three schools selected as South Carolina’s 2013-14 Title I Distinguished Schools Reward for Performance as defined by the SC ESEA Waiver. The grant is to be used to pay for travel expenses to the 2014 SC Title I Conference. This is the second year in a row that the school has earned this grant.

Piedmont Public Service District update

By Stan Welch

The Piedmont Public Service Commission held a brief, businesslike meeting Monday night.

Recreation committee chairperson Lib Pack reported that the community building generated $342.50 last month, while the ball fields generated revenues that are paid on a monthly basis by the groups using the fields.

J.D. Power Neighborhood Tour coming to Ace Hardware

Ace Hardware has recently been ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Home Improvement Retail Stores” for the eighth year in a row by J.D. Power and the company is celebrating the achievement by taking all eight J.D. Power trophies on the road, visiting 38 states and more than 175 neighborhood Ace Hardware stores between August 2014 and April 2015.

The Ace Neighborhood Tour will be at Williamston Home Center this Thursday, October 23 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m and will visit the new Honea Path Ace Hardware store from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. the same day. The appearance at the local stores will be the only ones in South Carolina.

Mill Town Players present “haunting folk ballad” Halloween weekend

Second Production – Dark of the Moon

The Mill Town Players’ inaugural season will continue Halloween weekend with a dramatic Appalachian legend based on the haunting folk ballad of “Barbara Allen.”

Imaginatively set in the Smoky Mountains, “Dark of the Moon” recounts the story of John, a strange “witch boy” who upon first beholding the beautiful Barbara Allen immediately falls in love. Staying true to the legend’s musical roots, the Mill Town Players’ production features a live, local bluegrass band. The show opens Halloween night and runs for one weekend only: Friday, Oct 31 at 8pm and 10pm; Saturday, Nov 1 at 8pm and 10pm; and Sunday, Nov 2 at 3pm. Tickets are $10 at or call 864-947-8000.

Tigerama Pep Rally to celebrate Homecoming

The 58th annual Tigerama Homecoming Pep Rally Friday night will kick off the weekend’s 100th anniversary Homecoming celebration. Tigerama is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in Littlejohn Coliseum. It will be preceded by the family-friendly Tigerama Tailgate at 5 p.m. on the Littlejohn Coliseum lawn. Visitors will be able to get autographs from Clemson athletes, hear live music and kids can play games.

Furman Coach Fowler at next AATC meeting

Furman Head Football Coach Bruce Fowler will be the guest speaker at the weekly meeting of the Anderson Area Touchdown Club on Friday, October 24th at the Anderson County Library (300 North McDuffie Street) beginning at 12 Noon. All area Furman alumni are invited to hear Coach Fowler’s comments on this year’s season.

National Night Out Oct. 23 at Civic Center

The 2014 National Night Out in Anderson County will be held on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at the Civic Center of Anderson at 3027 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd starting at 6 p.m.                   

The public is invited to come out and meet their local heroes in law enforcement, fire departments and EMS. This event will include opportunities to meet your local fire, law enforcement and EMS personnel. There will be give-aways and prizes from Target of Anderson, a Halloween costume contest for infants – 16 years of age and the opportunity for an up close look at emergency vehicles and first responder equipment. Music will be provided by Hot 98.1 and 107.3 Jamz.

The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

For more information, contact Anita Allison Donley, Community Projects Coordinator by email at or find out more on our Facebook page at

Burns officially named County Administrator

By Stan Welch

The Anderson County Council finally removed the ‘interim’ from county administrator Rusty Burns’ title, ending a stretch of approximately five years during which the issue, which really wasn’t much of an issue, persisted.

The Council had intended to take the action at the last Council meeting, but the minutes of the personnel committee meeting at which the recommendation was approved were unavailable. Council chairman and personnel committee member Tommy Dunn postponed the final vote so that the minutes could be on hand. “We don’t want anyone to say that we tried to sneak anything by them,” said Dunn at the time.

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