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Woman rescued from burning home

Whitefield and Hopewell firefighters work at the scene of a house fire Thursday evening on Pineland Meadows Road. Whitefield firefighter Michael Ryan was passing by the home on his way to the Read More »

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Two vehicle accident

One person was injured Wednesday afternoon in a two vehicle accident in Powdersville. A pickup truck and car collided at the intersection of SC 153 and River Road. The pickup truck overturned, Read More »

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Town of Williamston Freedom Celebration this Saturday – July 2

By David Meade The Town of Williamston will host their annual Freedom Celebration and Fireworks event this Saturday, July 2 with music, food, a cruise-in and fireworks show. There will be food Read More »

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Community loses two dedicated firemen in recent weeks

By David Meade The Williamston Fire Department and community held funeral services last week for former Fire Chief and resident Tommy W. Walker, 89. Walker was one of the early firefighters still Read More »

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Driver not injured

A Williamston man escaped injury when the Chevy pick up truck he was driving ended up on the sidewalk between a pole and sign in front of Riggins Garment Care on East Read More »

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Single vehicle accident – Three Bridges Road

Three and Twenty firefighters await state troopers and direct traffic around the scene of a single vehicle accident on Monday evening. A sport utility vehicle ran off the road, went through a Read More »

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Miss Clemson Rachel Wyatt crowned Miss South Carolina

Rachel Wyatt of Piedmont, competing as Miss Clemson, was crowned Miss South Carolina Saturday night in Columbia. The 21-year-old is a graduate of Wren High School and attends Clemson University. She performed Read More »

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Kitchen fire – Breazeale Drive

A Whitefield firefighter brings a burning container out of a house following a kitchen fire on Sunday morning on Breazeale Drive. The fire apparently started in a fryer. The fire was kept Read More »

Construction project about third complete at WS Lee Steam site

Duke Energy has multiple projects underway at the Lee Steam Station plant site including a coal ash removal project and construction underway of new $700 W. S. Lee Steam Station Combined Cycle facility that powered by natural gas. There is also work on a new connection to the nearby gas line that will feed the facility and Duke officials are waiting on DHEC approval for permitting for lined landfill that is being proposed for the site. All this and more on the economic impact of the project are in a feature article on the project in the July 6 issue of The Journal.

Powdersville Teen wins national competition

Distinguished Young Woman of America contest

 By Stan Welch – For the first time in fifty nine years, a South Carolina teenager has won the national competition for the Distinguished Young Woman of America contest. Tara Moore, of Powdersville, representing the state, won first place in the competition, formerly known as America’s Junior Miss. The competition was founded in 1958 in Mobile Alabama, where it is still held annually.

Man charged with DUI after vehicle overturns

On Williams Street last week

Williamston officers were dispatched to a traffic accident on Williams Street last week in which a black Impala was flipped upside down. According to reports an unresponsive male subject was lying on the ground beside the vehicle. A passenger in the vehicle, Shamar St. John appoached officers and stated he was the front seat pasenger and did not need EMS. A person who resides in front of the scene told officers he saw another occupant of the vehicle run down to Cleveland Street after the vehicle overturned.

Anderson County Sheriff’s Report

Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated the following incidents:

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June 25 – J.A. Clark responded to 400 Clarendon Dr. where Thomas Durham reported that someone had entered his vehicle.

June 27 – D.T. Owens was dispatched to 1020 Kensington Lake Rd. where Pierro Shepard BM, 17 reported that while he was having an argument with a friend, another party, known only as Anthony, BM, 25, had picked him up and thrown him to the ground, causing a small bump on his head.

Journal office closed July 4 – 8

The Journal office will be closed July 4-8. Items may be mailed, emailed or left in the mail drop box at the front door during the week we are closed. The Journal staff wishes everyone a safe and happy Independence Day as we celebrate freedom and independence. (The vacation notice published in last week’s Journal contained a typo stating the office would be closed July 4-18. We wish this were the case but will be back in the office at 9 a.m. on Monday July 8.)

Woman rescued from burning home

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Whitefield and Hopewell firefighters work at the scene of a house fire Thursday evening on Pineland Meadows Road. Whitefield firefighter Michael Ryan was passing by the home on his way to the store when he spotted smoke. As he was preparing to report the fire they were dispatching his fire department and saying entrapment. He pulled up in the driveway of the home, put his fire gear on, and entered the burning home searching for the occupant. Once he made his way to the bedroom he discovered a fire in there but went in searching where he found a woman in the closet. He pulled her to safety and EMS rushed her to AnMed Health. The fire was quickly extinguished. Other family members made it out safely. (Photo by David Rogers)

Two vehicle accident

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One person was injured Wednesday afternoon in a two vehicle accident in Powdersville. A pickup truck and car collided at the intersection of SC 153 and River Road. The pickup truck overturned, ejecting the driver. The driver was rushed to Greenville Memorial Hospital by Pelzer EMS. Powdersville firefighters assisted EMS with patient care and traffic control. A dog in the pickup truck was not ejected but was shaken on the wreck. Firefighters comforted the dog until someone arrived to care for it. (Photo by David Rogers)

Town of Williamston Freedom Celebration this Saturday – July 2

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By David Meade

The Town of Williamston will host their annual Freedom Celebration and Fireworks event this Saturday, July 2 with music, food, a cruise-in and fireworks show. There will be food vendors in Mineral Spring Park beginning at noon Saturday until offering barbecue, hotdogs, funnel cakes and old fashioned ice cream. Food vendors include Hey Bo / Sassy Sow BBQ, Grandma’s Real Homemade Ice Cream , The Dog House and TKO Concessions Funnel Cakes.

Last chance to enter Williamston photo contest

Now With $100 Grand Prize

Deadline to enter the Williamston in Focus Photography Contest is June 30. The contest will include a People’s Choice Grand Prize Winner. The $100 prize will be awarded courtesy of Palmetto Properties Real Estate, Inc. All area amateur and professional photographers are invited to submit photos celebrating local historic, cultural, recreational or economic assets.

Photos taken within the past two years may be submitted in one of four categories: Williamston events, Williamston landmarks, Williamston businesses/organizations or Williamston people. Up to three photos may be submitted in each category and may be submitted in digital form online. Details are available here on the EW website at www.envisionwilliamston.com

Send completed forms and digital photo submissions to sonyacew@gmail.com.

Building, maintenance projects continue across School District One

By David Meade

Anderson School District One building program continues to move along with projects and upgrades throughout the district. Superintendent David Havird updated the board members on the building and summer maintenance projects during their regular meeting Tuesday.

Havird said the following projects are underway or beginning soon: Construction on an eight room addition to Concrete Primary will begin in August and has a completion date of Feb. 2017. Estimated cost of the project is $2.2 million.

Concrete Primary is also in the process of having their playground relocated prior to work on the new addition.

Williamston budget includes new electronic sign, administrative oversight position

By Stan Welch

The Town of Williamston has a budget for the coming year that includes funding for several new Envision Williamston projects and an administrative oversight position that will help in several areas the town has struggled with in the past.

The special called meeting Monday followed a budget work session held by the Council last Thursday evening. At that meeting, which consisted primarily of an unusual, and questionable, executive session that lasted a little over an hour, several changes in the budget were presented.

Funding approved for Envision Williamston projects

Williamston Town Council approved the Town’s Annual Budget for FY2016-17 during a special called meeting Monday. Envision Williamston was funded for a variety of economic and community development projects for next year including the following:

(1) An Electronic Message Board, full color (Promotions and Marketing)

(2) A Main Street Challenge, to be matched 2:1 with outside funds (Economic Development)

(3) Downtown Banners, to complement the electronic message board (Beautification)

(4) Community Activities, such as a public spaces clean-up day and a youth-oriented murals project (Community Engagement)

Voters choose Wagner as solicitor

Runoff election results

By Stan Welch

Incumbency and experience offered absolutely no protection whatsoever during Tuesday’s runoff elections, as virtually every incumbent was unseated.

Perhaps the greatest upset was Greenville County Sheriff Steve Loftis’ close loss to former deputy Will Lewis. The margin of victory was just 362 votes out of almost twenty nine thousand cast. The upset continues the shakeup in law enforcement which began with Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper’s resounding loss in the first primary.

Three incumbent state Senators from the Upstate were also defeated, including District Two’s Larry Martin, who was defeated by Rex Rice; District Six’s Mike Fair, who lost to William Timmons; and District Twelve, where Lee Bright was defeated by Scott Talley.

Community loses two dedicated firemen in recent weeks

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By David Meade

The Williamston Fire Department and community held funeral services last week for former Fire Chief and resident Tommy W. Walker, 89.

Walker was one of the early firefighters still around. He started his career as a volunteer Williamston fireman when he was only 13 years old, according to his daughter Debbie. “He would help Daddy Tom, my granddad, because he was hard of hearing,” she said. “He started going to fires to hear for him so it would not be so dangerous.”

Driver not injured

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A Williamston man escaped injury when the Chevy pick up truck he was driving ended up on the sidewalk between a pole and sign in front of Riggins Garment Care on East Main Street last week. According to reports the vehicle also ran over a fire hydrant, ground meters and struck the a power pole. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $4000. Other damages including the fire hydrant amounted to another $4500. Williamston Fire Chief Steve Ellison said the hydrant was a newer model which has an automatic cutoff to prevent water from spewing out if the hydrant is damaged. He said the hydrant was a new one because the location has been the site of a number of accidents in the past. The driver, Douglas E. Nelson, 73, 209 Briar Ridge Court, Williamston was issued a summons for driving too fast for conditions in connection with the accident.

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