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Powdersville accident

Powdersville firefighters along with Pelzer EMS personnel work at the scene of an accident on Saturday afternoon. A pickup truck ran off I-85 south, knocked down a large highway sign before crashing Read More »

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Two vehicle accident

A Wren firefighter collects information at an accident on Friday afternoon. Two vehicles collided at the intersection of Highway 8 and the southbound entrance ramp to I-85. Pelzer EMS also responded but Read More »

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Mulch fire off Hwy. 29

A water tanker from Whitefield Fire Department shuttles water to a mulch fire Sunday afternoon off Highway 29. Another tanker is leaving to go refill. At least ten Anderson county fire departments Read More »

Powdersville accident

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Powdersville firefighters along with Pelzer EMS personnel work at the scene of an accident on Saturday afternoon. A pickup truck ran off I-85 south, knocked down a large highway sign before crashing through a fence. The truck then crossed Affordable Homes Avenue before hitting the guardrail and sliding along the guardrail. The driver was rushed to Greenville Memorial Hospital by Pelzer EMS. (Photo by David Rogers)

Two vehicle accident

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A Wren firefighter collects information at an accident on Friday afternoon. Two vehicles collided at the intersection of Highway 8 and the southbound entrance ramp to I-85. Pelzer EMS also responded but neither driver was injured. Traffic was backed up both east and west on Highway 8 for about a quarter mile each way. (Photo by David Rogers)

Mulch fire off Hwy. 29

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A water tanker from Whitefield Fire Department shuttles water to a mulch fire Sunday afternoon off Highway 29. Another tanker is leaving to go refill. At least ten Anderson county fire departments fought the fire for several hours and shuttled water to the stubborn fire. (Photo by David Rogers)

Pelzer Fall Festival this Saturday – Sept. 24

The Pelzer Heritage Comission, Town of Pelzer and Pelzer Church of God will hold the Pelzer Fall Festival on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be fun rides for the kids, a puppet show, games and prizes, crafts and more. One fun event will be a Monkey Hide and Seek. The first one hundred people to find all will receive a free prize monkey. Entertainment includes gospel music 9 am to 11 am and a variety of music by the Hot as a Pepper band from 12 until 3. Pelzer Church of God will have free hotdogs. There will also be free popcorn, drinks and peanuts. The event will be held in the Pelzer Monkey Park, located behind Bi-Lo at the intersection of Hwy. 20 and Hwy. 8.

Police Department targeting illicit drug, criminal activity

By David Meade

The Williamston Police Department is cracking down on suspected drug dealers and drug houses in the town. Police Chief Tony Taylor said the department recently implemented a strategy to combat crime in the community which includes increased patrols and law enforcement operations.

“We have received several complaints from our residents regarding illegal activity in our community,” Chief Taylor said. “The Williamston Police Department recognizes that illicit drug activity and associated crime greatly impact the community. Such illegal activity directly impacts each citizen’s standard of living and quality of life.”

Pelzer to conduct smoke testing

The Town of Pelzer will be conducting smoke testing of sewer lines starting the week of September 26. The town will be looking for any lines with bad or illegal connections. The town will make every effort to let the homeowners know when yhey will be in their area. The fire department will be notified of the testing also. “If you see smoke in your house or yard do not be alarmed, said Brad West of the Town of Pelzer. “The smoke will not hurt you and will not last very long.” Citizens with questions or concerns can call town hall at 947-6231 or West at 704-6876.

County Hospitality Tax voted down after lengthy public hearing

By Stan Welch

The Anderson County Council rejected a proposed two cents hospitality tax for the unincorporated areas of the county by a 4-2 vote Tuesday night. The vote, which came on second reading, means that no third reading will be needed. The tax is defeated. The vote followed a lengthy public hearing which saw numerous citizens and elected officials speak, both for and against the tax. The tax would have imposed a two cent tax per dollar on all prepared foods sold in the county.

Many of those opposing the tax were troubled by the fact that the issue wasn’t going to be decided by a referendum. The list of proposed projects to be funded by a general obligation bond to be issued, based on the projected tax revenues also troubled many of the speakers. A six and a half million dollar water park and swimming pool at the convention center site was a lightning rod, draw vociferous opposition.

Transportation Committee delays action on projects

By Stan Welch

The Anderson County Transportation Committee (ACTC) held its quarterly meeting Tuesday, but delayed any action on the requests it has received. Among those requests were three from the Town of Williamston.

They include resurfacing requests for a two hundred eleven foot section of Black Street off of Tripp Street; a six hundred seventy foot section of Harbison Drive off of Mill Street; and a thirty foot section of Lee Street off of Black Street. No action is likely on those requests until the spring of next year.

Mayors express support for county hospitality tax

By Stan Welch

The mayors of both Williamston and West Pelzer have formally expressed their support for the proposed countywide hospitality tax that is scheduled for a second reading this week. Both mayors, in a letter of support sent to the County Council, touted the benefits that their towns have seen from their own municipal versions of the tax.

Around the County . . .

Anderson County Public Works Department reported the following projects underway:

Building and Codes

 Applicable staff met with Duke Energy representatives to discuss permitting and inspection requirements for their House Power Panel Replacement Project. This project consists of replacing approximately 6,607 original Combination Meter Enclosure and Breaker Boxes that were installed by Duke Energy in the 1960’s. Duke will be up-grading the necessary equipment which will require inspections by our Inspection Staff. Phase I of this project will begin in October 2016 and go through February 2018.

Williamston Police Report

Williamston Police Officers investigated the following incidents:

Sept. 13 – Dana Edward Wright, 38, 247 Longview Dr., Williamston was arrested for two outstanding warrants and failure to accompany police officers after officers were notified he was walking on Gossett St. According to reports officers located him and after advising him that they had warrants, he jumped a ditch and fled on foot. He was pursued and eventually tazed. Officers found a clear plastic baggie containing a large amount of oval white oblong pills which were determined to not be a controlled substance. J. Sargent, C. Anderson investigated.

Anderson County Sheriff’s Report

Editors Note – Due to the way the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office is making reports available to The Journal, only the following incidents reported between Sept. 16 and Sept. 18 were available for publication this week. However it is more than we have received over the last three weeks.

The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office reported investigating the following incidents in September:

EASLEY – Sept. 17 – C.P. Huff responded to 307 Camperdown Court where Jeremy Hudson reported a burglary at his home, resulting in the loss of a shotgun valued at $250.

Colonial Pipeline leak causes concern but no real problems locally

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By David Meade

A leak in one of the largest gasoline supply pipelines in the country has caused some supply concerns locally but no real problems. The spill on the Colonial Pipeline, which runs from Texas to New Jersey, was discovered two weeks ago in Alabama. The pipeline runs through South Carolina with distribution facilities located in Cheddar that supply gasoline to the area.

The Colonial pipeline carries 1.3 million barrels per day of gasoline from the refining hub on the Gulf Coast to the East Coast. According to reports, Colonial has built a 500- to 700-foot bypass line to resume full operations of the line which is expected to operate at reduced pressure around the damaged section. Colonial officials said the pipeline could still maintain normal flow rates.

The leak, discovered by a mining inspector who smelled a fuel odor in Helena, Alabama, released about 6,000 to 8,000 barrels (252,000-336,000 gallons) of gasoline. The cause of the leak remains unknown.

The restart of the main Line 1 is expected today, (Wed. Sept. 21). Upon successful completion of testing, Colonial Pipeline will begin the process of tying the bypass segment into Line 1 and preparing for a safe restart. When the line restarts, it will take several days for the fuel delivery supply chain to return to normal, and some markets served by the pipeline may experience “intermittent service interruptions,” Colonial officials said.

Obituaries Week of September 21, 2016

MARGARET FAILOR, JAMES REESE, FAYE OWENS BEAM, JAMES CHAPMAN, WILLIAM ‘BILLY’ CAMPBELL, KEITH WATKINS SR., RONALD LAVELL COBB, LILLIAN PEARL ‘POLLY’ SMITH SARRATT, HUGH T. BAILEY SR., JAMES MARSHALL McDANIEL

Pipeline break causes some concern, but no real problems locally

Gas pump websiteAverage retail gasoline prices in the Greenville area have risen 26.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.18 per gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 452 gas outlets in Greenville. This compares with the national average that has increased 2.7 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.20 per gallon , according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com. Including the change in gas prices in Greenville during the past week, prices yesterday were 26.2 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 34.9 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 5.1 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 9.3 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.

“While gasoline prices have drifted lower in parts of the country, it’s impossible to ignore the elephant in the room: one of the largest gasoline pipelines in the country is out of service and a band-aid is not going to fix the problems in the Southeast as a result,” said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.com.

(Pictured Above – Some local gas stations have experienced delays in gasoline shipments. This photo was taken at the Fast Fuel on West Main Street in Williamston Tuesday.)

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