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EPA, state officials gather in Pelzer for grant presentation

$400,000 awarded for Pelzer mill dump site cleanup Members and supporters of the Pelzer Heritage Commission gathered Wednesday at the Pelzer Community Building to share a meal and celebrate the awarding of Read More »

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Dr. Ben Carson speaks in Anderson

Republican Presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson spoke at the Anderson County GOP which was held at the Anderson Civic Center on Wednesday. July 1, 2015. (Photo by Michael Lollis) Read More »

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Freedom Celebration this Friday – July 3rd

By David Meade The Town of Williamston will host their annual Freedom Celebration and Fireworks event on Friday July 3 with music, food, a cruise-in and fireworks show. There will be food Read More »

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Slabtown Convenience Center now officially open

By Stan Welch The northern end of Anderson County now has a new, modern, and spacious convenience center. The cramped, dangerous facility on Three and Twenty Road is no longer in use. Read More »

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Single car accident – Emily Lane Road

South Greenville firefighters await state troopers to finish their investigation of an accident on Tuesday night. The driver of a car was transported to Greenville Memorial Hospital by Greenville County EMS after Read More »

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Whitefield Baptist sponsors fireworks show

Whitefield Baptist Church held their annual Fourth of July fireworks show Sunday night. Several hundred people turned out for the annual event.  If you missed the Whitefield Baptist fireworks, or just want Read More »

Seems to Me . . . July 4th reflections

By Stan Welch

It’s been a long time since I’ve been through as tough a few weeks as I have these last few. Emotionally, it’s been like one of those crazy whirling teacup rides at the fair or the amusement park. But there’s been nothing fair or amusing about it.

I have two great loves in my life. One is my love for America, land of the free and the home of the brave. I make no apology for my patriotism. I make no apology because my patriotism is not some mindless chest thumping, some pride born of the absence of any true awareness. My patriotism lives despite my knowledge of the many flaws this country has.

News Week of July 1, 2015

News Week of July 1, 2015

Pelzer historic district
EPA, state officials gather for grant presentation
Large crowd turns out to hear Dr. Ben Carson
Dr. Ben Carson in Anderson
Obituaries week of July 1, 2015
Freedom Celebration this Friday – July 3rd
Pelzer water bill due date incorrect
Deadline Thursday at noon
County holiday schedule
Upstate event honors heroes with music, fireworks
Audition July 5 for Ring of Fire
District One leading the way on digital learning rollout
Slabtown Convenience Center now officially open
Around the County . . .
WPD issues advisories
Williamston Police Report
Anderson County Sheriff’s Report
Support growing for removing flag
Single car accident – Emily Lane Road
Pelzer water bill due date incorrect
Early deadline for July 8 issue
Flag supporter arrested confronting protestors
Anderson County awarded funding for removal of blighted structures
Dr. Ben Carson in Anderson July 1
Whitefield Baptist sponsors fireworks show
Two injured – near Hwy. 8 & Three and Twenty Rd.
House fire total loss – Gunter Road
One vehicle accident – Cely Lane

News Week of June 24, 2015

Pelzer historic district

Information being presented

A representative of the Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation will meet with Pelzer residents Monday to present information and answer questions on establishing a historic district in Pelzer. Caroline Wilson of the Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation organization will be meeting with residents on Lebby, Smythe, Reed, Courtney and Square Streets. Letters were mailed to all of these residents inviting them to the meeting at 7 pm July 6 at the Community Building in the Monkey Park.

EPA, state officials gather in Pelzer for grant presentation

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$400,000 awarded for Pelzer mill dump site cleanup

Members and supporters of the Pelzer Heritage Commission gathered Wednesday at the Pelzer Community Building to share a meal and celebrate the awarding of $400,000 in federal grant monies to the Commission, for use in cleaning up two mill dump sites in Pelzer. (Pictured – Pelzer Heritage Commission president Larry Coker makes comments during the presentation)

County and state officials were on hand, as well as representatives from Senator Lindsey Graham and Congressman Jeff Duncan’s offices. Representing the Environmental Protection Administration, and presenting the check, was Barbara Alfano, the Region Four Brownfields Coordinator for the EPA.

Large crowd turns out to hear Dr. Ben Carson

By Stan Welch

A capacity crowd of more than six hundred fifty people turned out to see and hear Dr. Ben Carson, candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. Dr. Carson, a renowned pediatric neurosurgeon, is something of a rock star in Republican circles, and his reception Wednesday night did nothing to dispel that perception.

Carson spent approximately forty five minutes moving from the entrance into the meeting room at the Anderson Civic Center to his table perhaps sixty feet away. Handshakes, hugs and ‘selfies’ by the hundred kept him surrounded by a throng of enthusiastic supporters. So dense was the crowd that getting close enough to ask questions was difficult. He did say that compared to the fifteen thousand surgeries he performed during his career, the rigors of the campaign trail are a piece of cake.

Dr. Ben Carson speaks in Anderson

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Republican Presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson spoke at the Anderson County GOP which was held at the Anderson Civic Center on Wednesday. July 1, 2015. (Photo by Michael Lollis)

Obituaries week of July 1, 2015

SYBIL KING, GLENDA “RUTHIE” MANN, CHARLIE ADAMS, PHILLIP CAMPBELL, PAT TUCKER, LUCIE ROSE SENTELL, ROBERT WILLIAMS, WILLIAM LEROY ARNOLD, JAMES GORDON COX, LEE HALL, BOBBY BLANDING, JAMES “FREDDY” RAVAN

Freedom Celebration this Friday – July 3rd

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By David Meade

The Town of Williamston will host their annual Freedom Celebration and Fireworks event on Friday July 3 with music, food, a cruise-in and fireworks show. There will be food vendors in the park Friday beginning at noon until offering barbecue, hotdogs, funnel cakes, sno-cones, mini-donuts, boiled p-nuts and old fashioned ice cream.

Food vendors include Hey Bo / Sassy Sow BBQ, Grandma’s Real Homemade Ice Cream , Wrights Snowballs & Mini Donuts, The Dog House, Paw Paw & Ganmaw Peanuts, TKO Concessions Funnel Cakes.

The Williamston Fire Department and McDonald’s will sponsor a cruise-in at the Town Square Center parking lot which begins at 5 p.m. Persons who purchase a $1 ticket will have the opportunity to win $50 at each of three drawings at 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. McDonald’s will have $1 food and drink specials.

Live music on the park amphitheater stage will begin at 7 p.m. with Jukebox 45, a classic oldies rock and roll band featuring songs from the 50s, 60s and 70s. The band covers some of the greatest musicians of all times including Bill Haley and the Comets, The Everly Brothers, The Righteous Brothers, Bee Gees, Elvis and many more.

The Town of Williamston is sponsoring the fireworks show which will begin around 9:30 p.m.at the ballfield area behind the Municipal Center

Pictured above Jukebox 45 to entertain Friday - Many memories are kindled by the thoughts of a Jukebox and a special “45” being played on it. If you remember those times, or just missed out, the band will take you back to the 50’s 60’s and 70’s. Jukebox 45 includes lead singer Bob Fitzgerald from Watertown, New York; Michael Blocker on bass and vocals from Fountain Inn: Bryan Styles from Greer on drums; Wally Lauzon from Providence Road Island on keyboard and vocals and Art Creaney from Chicago Illinois on lead guitar and vocals. They will be performing Friday beginning at 7 p.m. in Williamston’s Mineral Spring Park as part of the annual Freedom Celebration and Fireworks event.

Pelzer water bill due date incorrect

Should be July 10

Town of Pelzer water customer bills were mailed out with the incorrect due date of July 1. The due date of July 1 was a typo and should have been July 10, according to Pelzer Town Clerk Heather Holcombe. Holcombe apologized for any confusion and concern the incorrect due date may have caused Pelzer water customers and said that customers will have until the tenth to pay their bills as they normally do.

Deadline Thursday at noon

Deadline for news and advertising for the July 8 issue of The Journal will be Thursday, July 2 at 12 noon. The Journal office will be closed from Friday, July 3-10.  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 the opportunity to live in the greatest country in the world.

County holiday schedule

In observance of Independence Day, Anderson County Government Offices will be CLOSED on Friday, July 3rd. Anderson County Convenience Centers, Starr Landfill and the Anderson Regional MRF will remain OPEN on Friday, July 3rd. These facilities will be CLOSED on Saturday, July 4th.

Upstate event honors heroes with music, fireworks

Featuring Darryl Worley

Anderson County is joining Greenville and Spartanburg counties,the City of Simpsonville, The Greenville Drive, Greenville Hospital System, Upstate Warrior Solution and TRZ Management for special July 4th Celebration honoring heroes with music and fireworks in Simpsonville.

The event will be held at Heritage Park Amphitheater in Simpsonville and will feature singer Darryl Worley and Aerials with Special Forces Association Parachute Team and Vintage War Birds Flyover. Gates open at 5 pm with events starting at 5:45 pm. Music begins at 6:30 pm featuring a concert by singer Darryl Worley. The evening will end with fireworks.

Admission is FREE for Military and their families as well as First Responders! Regular Admission is only $20 per car load.

Audition July 5 for Ring of Fire

Auditions for the next Mill Town Players production, RING OF FIRE, The Music of Johnny Cash will be held Sunday, July 5 at 6 p.m. at the Pelzer Auditorium. Ring of Fire will run weekends Sept 4 – 20, 2015 at the Pelzer Auditorium. Director is Mary Nickles For this production the theatre group will need adults with strong vocal, instrumental, and acting skills.

District One leading the way on digital learning rollout

By David Meade

By David Meade

Anderson School District One Board of Trustees heard from the Director of the Anderson County Alternative School who praised District One for their support of the program. The program is a collaborative effort of all five Anderson school districts.

Director Randolph Dillingham thanked the board for the support of Superintendent David Havird, Robbie Binnicker and the District One staff. “You have obviously established an incredible culture of excellence in District One,” Dillingham told the board.

Slabtown Convenience Center now officially open

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By Stan Welch

The northern end of Anderson County now has a new, modern, and spacious convenience center. The cramped, dangerous facility on Three and Twenty Road is no longer in use. The new Slabtown facility opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony last Thursday. Located on Pickens Road, which runs off of Highway 88 alongside the Slabtown convenience store, the new facility accepts a wide array of recyclables, as well as several automotive waste products, like antifreeze, that many other facilities do not accept.

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