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Two vehicle accident

A South Greenville firefighter directs traffic around the scene of a two vehicle accident on Wednesday afternoon at the intersection of Holliday Dam Road and Highway 247. A Chrysler car and a Read More »

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Pedestrian struck and killed – Old River Road

A state trooper photographs a van that struck a killed a man Wednesday night on Old River Road near Piedmont. The van was traveling north near Freeman Drive when it struck the Read More »

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Homesteading Festival features classes, 50+ vendors

By David Meade The second annual Homesteading Festival being held in Williamston’s Mineral Spring Park this Saturday (Oct. 4) will feature a variety of free classes, demonstrations, music and more than 50 Read More »

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Enjoy Pelzer Fall Festival

These two were among those who enjoyed the Pelzer Fall Festival Saturday in Pelzer’s Monkey Park. It was the third community festival the Pelzer Heritage Commission has sponsored and included live entertainment, Read More »

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Officers respond to birthday party incident

More than a dozen Anderson County deputies along with Williamston police officers responded to an incident on East Carolina Street in Williamston Saturday night involving 40 to 50 people. According to Williamston Read More »

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Truck fire – Intersection of US 29 and I-85

Wren fire chief Kevin Chastain walks past the shell of a burned out cab of an 18 wheeler on Monday afternoon. The truck caught fire near the intersection of US 29 and Read More »

Two vehicle accident

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A South Greenville firefighter directs traffic around the scene of a two vehicle accident on Wednesday afternoon at the intersection of Holliday Dam Road and Highway 247. A Chrysler car and a Chevrolet four door truck collided at the intersection. Traffic was routed to one lane until the wreckage was cleared. (Photo by David Rogers)

Pedestrian struck and killed – Old River Road

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A state trooper photographs a van that struck a killed a man Wednesday night on Old River Road near Piedmont. The van was traveling north near Freeman Drive when it struck the man. Anderson County Deputy Coroner Charlie Boseman along with state troopers investigated the accident. Pelzer EMS along with Wren firefighters also worked the scene.(Photo by David Rogers)

Homesteading Festival features classes, 50+ vendors

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By David Meade

The second annual Homesteading Festival being held in Williamston’s Mineral Spring Park this Saturday (Oct. 4) will feature a variety of free classes, demonstrations, music and more than 50 vendors. Festival Organizer Rebecca McKinney, said the event is a free family-friendly day with lots of fun activities. The event will go from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Vendors will offer a wide variety of products for homesteaders, farmers, gardeners, and people interested in natural and local products.

McKinney said the Palmetto Farmers Market will not be held this Thursday because the regular vendors will be at the festival on Saturday.

They will be among a variety of vendors who will offer plants, natural gardening products, soaps, lotions, salves, pet food and treats, food preparation and preservation equipment, note cards, products made from recycled and repurposed items, wool, regular farmers market products, and many other items, McKinney said.

West Allen Williams Old Time Musical Festival

The Palmetto Area Cultural Arts Center (PACAC) will be open to the public this Saturday for the first annual West Allen Williams Old Time Musical Festival being held in association with the Homestead Festival. From 10 am to 4:30 pm, the public will be able to visit the Artory and interact with musicians and artists showcasing skills from the late 1800s.

“We will be celebrating the music and culture of our town’s founder, West Allen Williams,” said Thomas Addison, Visual Arts Director. “We have a new stage at the Artory where the musicians will perform.”

Old Time Music Schedule

Technology, mentoring having impact in District One schools

By Daivd Meade

During their meeting Tuesday, Anderson School District One Board members were updated on the District’s IPad technology instruction, a Mentoring program and the one cent sales tax referendum.

Associate Superintendent and Director of Instruction Jane Harrison showed an example of use of the new IPad technology with a movie trailer format book report put together by a student. Harrison said district personnel received a week of training on the Airwatch filtering software being used with the IPads.

Boo in the Park event November 1

Organizers of Williamston’s annual Halloween event, Boo in the Park, said the event will be held this year on Saturday, November 1st from 5-8pm in Mineral Spring Park. Any church, business, organization or individuals who are interestest in participating are invited. Applications are available at the Journal and the Williamston Municipal Center (Town Hall). The annual event includes free fun activities, food and candy for trick or treaters. Additional information on Boo in the Park will be announced soon.

Enjoy Pelzer Fall Festival

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These two were among those who enjoyed the Pelzer Fall Festival Saturday in Pelzer’s Monkey Park. It was the third community festival the Pelzer Heritage Commission has sponsored and included live entertainment, displays, crafts and food vendors.

District One students perform well on EOC Exam assessments

End of Course scores were recently released by the State Department of Education. Anderson District One students performed well on all 2013-14 EOCEP assessments. Students scored well enough to secure the third highest score in the state on the Algebra I assessment with 96.8 percent passing, up from 93.6 last year. This well surpasses the state average of 85.5 percent.

US History scores for Anderson One improved significantly from 2013 to 2014. The percentage of students passing the test went from 73.9 in 2013 to 80.1 passing the assessment for 2014, the fourth highest score in the state.

Greenville Schools EOC scores improve

Greenville County students’ average or mean scores on the state’s End-of-Course exams improved in 2013-14 for all four exams: Algebra 1/Mathematics for the Technologies 2, English 1, Biology 1/Applied Biology, and U.S. History and the Constitution. The End-of-Course exams are given for high school core courses and courses taken in middle school for high school credit, and count 20 percent of a student’s final grade for the course.

2013-14 End-of-Course Scores

Duke Energy to excavate at coal ash basin

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Duke Energy announced last week that the company plans to excavate a portion of coal ash at the W.S. Lee Steam Station while it continues engineering work on the rest of the site. The announcement was made during a briefing before the Public Service Commission of South Carolina (PSCSC).

The 370-megawatt W.S. Lee Steam Station began operating in 1951 and currently manages ash in two active ash basins, referred to as the primary and secondary basins. The site also has an inactive ash basin constructed in the 1950s, a structural fill and an ash fill.

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