Paul crowned 2016 Palmetto Homecoming Queen

Palmetto held their Homecoming ceremony during halftime of Friday’s game. The Homecoming court is from left: Emma Paige, 3rd Runner-up; Hannah Tumblin, 1st Runner-up; Vanesha Paul, 2016 Homecoming Queen; and Sydney Ellison, Read More »


Historic Marker dedicated – Pelzer School

A special event held during the recent Pelzer Homecoming Reunion was the dedication of a historic marker recognizing the historic Pelzer school. The project was sponsored by the Pelzer Heritage Commission. Pelzer Read More »


Two vehicle accident – Hwy. 8

West Pelzer firefighters work at the scene of a two vehicle accident on Friday night on Highway 8 near the Greenville county line. A car apparently crossed the center line and struck Read More »

Paul crowned 2016 Palmetto Homecoming Queen


Palmetto held their Homecoming ceremony during halftime of Friday’s game. The Homecoming court is from left: Emma Paige, 3rd Runner-up; Hannah Tumblin, 1st Runner-up; Vanesha Paul, 2016 Homecoming Queen; and Sydney Ellison, 2nd Runner-Up. (Photo by Johnny Mangum/www.johnmangum.com)

West Allen Williams Old Time Music Festival – October 22

The West Allen Williams Heritage and Old Time Music Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 22 in the Artory. The event is sponsored by the Palmetto Area Cultural Arts Center. There will be history displays, live music and food. It is free and open to the public.

Williamston area residents are welcome and encouraged to bring any articles, pictures or artifacts to share at this event. Tables can be rented for $10 each on the day of event. to display your artifacts, pictures and family history. You do not have to reserve a table.

Pelzer Historic District proposal to go before state board November 18

By David Meade

Representatives of the State Preservation Office of the South Carolina Department of Archives and History were in Pelzer Monday to provide information on the establishment of a historic district in the old mill village of Pelzer.

Brad Sauls, Supervisor of Survey, Registration & Grants and Ehren Foley, Ph. D, National Register Historian & Historical Marker Coordinator, spoke to members of the Pelzer Historic Commission and several property owners who are to be included in the proposed historic district.

The proposed district includes properties on Lebby Street, Reed Street, Smyth Street to Anderson, portion of Anderson Street and Square St. The district also includes the dam and power house and some mill structures.

West Pelzer town wide yard sale a success

By Stan Welch

The West Pelzer Town Council took care of some business matters Monday night, but the main topic of discussion was last weekend’s town wide yard sale, and the rousing success that it was.

Lining Main Street/ Highway 8 for its entire length within the town limits, the sale drew more people than last year’s Christmas parade, according to several estimates. Also, according to most of the council members, the majority of vendors made money. But Mayor Sanders said the sale was principally intended to bring the town’s people together in a community building effort, and that the numbers who turned out was proof of the sale’s success at any rate. “The main idea was to get folks out and about and meeting their neighbors. As far as that goal goes, the sale was a tremendous success, and a good time.”

Historic Marker dedicated – Pelzer School


A special event held during the recent Pelzer Homecoming Reunion was the dedication of a historic marker recognizing the historic Pelzer school. The project was sponsored by the Pelzer Heritage Commission. Pelzer Historic Commission members Dianne Lollis and Shirley Pace are pictured with the new marker. The marker was erected by the Maintenance Department of Anderson School District One. The inscription on the marker was written by PHC Historian Elaine Tumblin Hunt. PHC Member Wilma Baker designed the brick border placed around the marker. The old bricks were from the lower mill which was built in the late 1800’s. They were hand made from clay that came from the Saluda River, mixed with straw. The marker was paid for with funds from Anderson County Council District 7 Appropriation Fund with help from County Council District 7 representative Cindy Wilson who has greatly helped the PHC in getting funds for projects.

School District One announces test scores


The State Education Department recently released the results of the 2016 SC PASS, SC Ready and EOC scores. Students in grades 3-8 took SC PASS for science and social studies and SC Ready for English language arts (ELA) and math tests. Students in middle and high school took End Of Course exams.


Students Meeting and Exceeding Expectations in Grades 3-8 – State 42.47%; Anderson One 51.3%

EMS study shows problems with system

By Stan Welch

First responders, of all sorts and kinds, share one mantra. Communications – Communications – Communications. It doesn’t matter how many police cruisers, fire trucks or ambulances you have if you can’t get them to the right place at the right time.

In 2015, the Williamston EMS Squad collapsed due to financial problems and mismanagement. That event spurred a study by Fitch & Associates to review the emergency medical services system in Anderson County. The results of that study were delivered to the Anderson County Council and the first responder community last week.

Family members speak to council about death of black man in Iva

By Stan Welch

Black activism made an appearance at Tuesday night’s Anderson County Council meeting, as members of the family of Charles Mackey and their supporters came before the Council seeking assistance in the matter of his death.

Wearing Black Lives Matter apparel, approximately twenty friends and relatives of Mackey, a fifty seven year old black man who they say was murdered in Iva earlier this summer, came before the Council to ask their assistance in getting answers to their questions.

Rite Aid Foundation donates to Red Cross

For Hurricane relief

The Rite Aid Foundation announced a $125,000 donation to the American Red Cross to help the victims, families and communities across the Southeastern United States that were affected by Hurricane Matthew. The donation will support relief efforts in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, where Rite Aid operates more than 500 stores.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to everyone affected by Hurricane Matthew,” said Ken Martindale, Rite Aid CEO of stores, president of Rite Aid Corporation and president of The Rite Aid Foundation. “The Rite Aid Foundation is proud to work with our community partners to provide relief and support to those in need.”

Stage Stores (Goody’s) celebrating 125th Anniversary

Stage Stores is celebrating 125 Years of Style with a huge sale and exciting cash and prize giveaways. What began as a single, family-owned department store has grown into the Palais Royal, Bealls, Goody’s, Peebles and Stage family of stores that operates in over 800 locations across 38 states.

In an industry where styles and customers tastes change quickly, staying in business for 125 years is reason to celebrate. Stage has always celebrated the style of its customers, by providing great fashion at affordable prices. Through October 20, Stage will celebrate with an anniversary event packed with great sale prices and extra savings offers.

Eugen Wexler Plastics expanding operations

EuWe Eugen Wexler US Plastics, Inc., a subsidiary of the Germany-based EuWe Group, is expanding manufacturing operations in Anderson County. The automotive supplier has decided to invest an additional $5 million in its Upstate facility, which is located off of I-85 at Alliance Industrial Park in Anderson, S.C. This new project is expected to result in the creation of 29 new jobs over the next five years. 

Williamston Police Report

Williamston Police Officers investigated the following incidents:

Oct. 11 -Roger Dale McClellion, 43 108 L St., Williamston and Melissa Dawn Kay, 41, 108 L St. #B were both put on trespass notice for each others property after officers responded to a civil dispute at 108 L St. According to reports, Kay had gone to the residence to get a relative’s clothing and the complainant (McClellion) and suspect (Kay) began arguing and being loud enough to disrupt neighbor’s peace and tranquility. Both parties were issued warning for public disorderly conduct and placed on trespass notice from each other’s residence. E. Bonnett, M. Roberts investigated.

Around the County . . .

Anderson County Public Works Department reported the following projects underway across the county:

Animal Shelter – For two weeks, the shelter is running a fee waived adoption. There is no cost to adopt through October 20.  Decreased the stray hold from 7 days to 5 days; Painted the lobby and office hallways; Buildings and Grounds re-landscaped the property; Hiring for full-time and part-time positions; Have had 120 animals adopted/foster to adopt; with 23 to rescue.

Building and Codes

Obituaries Week of October 19, 2016


Low country still dealing with effects of Hurricane Matthew

South Carolina Emergency Responders are still dealing with the effects of Hurricane Matthew in the low country. The South Carolina Emergency Response Team remains involved in ongoing relief and recovery efforts as a result of the hurricane and flooding in the Pee Dee region. The state Emergency Operations Center was activated at Operating Condition 3. State agencies are in the process of transitioning into disaster recovery roles jointly with FEMA. Teams from SCEMD and FEMA are currently conducting damage assessments in counties impacted by Matthew to determine the state’s eligibility for federal disaster aid.

As of 4:00 p.m. Friday:

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