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One injured in four vehicle accident – South Greenville

One person was injured in a four vehicle chain reaction collision on US 25 at West Georgia Road on Saturday afternoon. Greenville EMS transported the injured to Greenville Memorial Hospital. South Greenville Read More »

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House destroyed by fire

A two story house near Donaldson Center was destroyed by fire late Saturday night. Firefighters from Belmont and Gantt responded. The home was vacant at the time of the fire. It took Read More »

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Two vehicle accident – Powdersville Road

Powdersville firefighters work at the scene of a two vehicle accident on Powdersville Road at the intersection of Jessie Drive on Friday night. One person was taken by Pelzer EMS to an Read More »

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Car knocks down power lines

Wren firefighters and Pike Electric workers survey the scene of an accident on SC 86 near Old School House Road late Wednesday night. A car ran off the road and struck a Read More »

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Moped fatality – Piedmont

A Pelzer EMS paramedic, a Wren firefighter, and a state trooper look over the scene of a fatal moped accident late Wednesday night. The accident happened on Old Williamston Road off SC Read More »

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Pelzer Heritage, County look for options on Pelzer Mill property

Members of the Pelzer Heritage Commission and Pelzer Mills Property Board met with Anderson County officials Wednesday to discuss possibilities and look over the Pelzer Mills Property. After recently acquiring the properties, Read More »

Event funding draws response from GWBA

Williamston Town Council recently turned down a funding request by the Greater Williamston Business Association (GWBA) for entertainment for three Party in the Park events and the July 5 Freedom Celebration.

They also declined to increase funding for the Spring Water Festival.

Since then GWBA President Chris Trotter has been on a campaign to make council aware that there is a lot of support for the events.

Through an email campaign, GWBA members have been asked to provide letters of support to present to council members. The public is also being encouraged to show their support.

The request by the GWBA for $6500 for entertainment for three Party in the Park events and the July 4th event failed with a split 2-2 vote. Mayor Mack Durham and Councilman Rockey Burgess were in favor, while Councilmen David Harvell and Otis Scott were opposed. The possible tie breaker, Councilman Tony Hagood was absent due to sickness.

Prior to the vote, Burgess spoke in favor of the events stating, “They meet the purpose of our hospitality tax, getting folks to town that ordinarily would not come,” he said. “It is money well spent.”

Harvell and Scott both questioned why the events could not fund themselves.

Earlier in the meeting, a motion by Councilman Scott to increase funding for entertainment for the Spring Water Festival to $20,000 died after failing to receive a second.

The Springwater Committee requested the additional funding to bring a nationally known entertainer to the festival in August.

After a few moments of silence, Mayor Durham made a motion to fund the festival at $10,000. Councilman Scott seconded and the motion was approved 4-0.

Funding from the town’s hospitality tax is used to provide entertainment on Friday night and all day Saturday during the two day festival.

Other events/projects receiving hospitality tax funding have included: Cemetery Candle Lighting, Boo in the Park, July 4th, GWBA Easter Egg Hunt, Pig in the Park, Defenders Motorcycle/ParkFest, Veterans Day event, Memorial Day event, Homstead Festival, Carolina Community Center, Christmas Parade, Christmas pole decorations and others.

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Charette to determine town branding
Letter from GWBA president

 

Students on spring break

April 14th begins Spring Break for students in Anderson and Greenville Counties. Motorists are reminded to be aware and be safe during April.

Greenville County conducting traffic enforcement blitz

April 14th begins Spring Break for Greenville County students. This will result in a higher number of inexperienced younger drivers on the roadways.

Beginning  this week, the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a traffic enforcement blitz that is focused on impaired drivers and individuals not wearing their seatbelt.

According the most recent data, there have been 20 traffic fatalities so far in Greenville County this year. 62% of those fatalities were a result of the occupant not wearing their seat belt. This blitz will continue throughout the summer in an effort to drastically reduce the high percentage of lives lost in motor vehicle collisions.

Repair company employee charged in theft from homeowner

The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office has arrested Justin Grey Smith, age 25, of Anderson, and charged him with Grand Larceny in connection with theft of jewelry from a county residence. According to the arrest warrant, between the dates of September 13, 2013 and October 12, 2013, Smith stole various items of jewelry from a residence on Providence Church Road in Anderson.

At the time of the theft, Smith was employed by a company which was renovating the victim’s home. Smith, who was arrested on April 8th, was being held at the Anderson County Detention Center. He was released Thursday evening on a $10,000 bond.

Sheriff warns of PCH phone scam

Anderson county Sheriff Skipper is warning homeowners of a phone scam the sheriff’s office is investigating. According to Sheriff Skipper, the caller claims that the homeowner has won the Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes and then asked the homeowner to send a certain amount of money in order to claim the prize. The Sheriff wants everyone to be aware that this is a scam. “It’s like your mother says, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is,” Sheriff Skipper warns.

One injured in four vehicle accident – South Greenville

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One person was injured in a four vehicle chain reaction collision on US 25 at West Georgia Road on Saturday afternoon. Greenville EMS transported the injured to Greenville Memorial Hospital. South Greenville firefighters assisted EMS and also with traffic control. (Photo by David Rogers)

House destroyed by fire

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A two story house near Donaldson Center was destroyed by fire late Saturday night. Firefighters from Belmont and Gantt responded. The home was vacant at the time of the fire. It took firefighters about 15 minutes to bring the fire under control. (Photo by David Rogers)

Two vehicle accident – Powdersville Road

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Powdersville firefighters work at the scene of a two vehicle accident on Powdersville Road at the intersection of Jessie Drive on Friday night. One person was taken by Pelzer EMS to an area hospital. Powdersville firefighters assisted with patient care and traffic control. (Photo by David Rogers)

Car knocks down power lines

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Wren firefighters and Pike Electric workers survey the scene of an accident on SC 86 near Old School House Road late Wednesday night. A car ran off the road and struck a power pole, breaking it. Power lines fell across the highway closing it for several hours. The driver was not injured. (Photo by David Rogers)

Moped fatality – Piedmont

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A Pelzer EMS paramedic, a Wren firefighter, and a state trooper look over the scene of a fatal moped accident late Wednesday night. The accident happened on Old Williamston Road off SC 86. The moped was struck by a pickup truck. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Anderson County Deputy Coroner Don McCown investigated the death. (Photo by David Rogers)

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