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Jones signs with Ole Miss

The number one college defensive recruit, D.J. Jones, announced on December 17 that he will play the rest of his college career at Ole Miss. Read More »


Vehicle fire

The Williamston Fire Department responded to a vehicle fire in front of the Williamston Municipal Center (Town Hall) at approximately 4:15 p.m. Monday. Read More »


Two vehicle accident – Hwy. 81

Hopewell firefighters survey the scene of a two vehicle accident on Highway 81 at Hopewell Church Road Saturday night. A car rear ended a SUV at the intersection. The driver of the Read More »


Santa and Mrs. Claus

Santa and Mrs. Claus wave to onlookers during the Williamston Christmas Parade. Read More »


Williamston Parade Grand Marshals

Walt and Dorothy Smith were grand marshals of the 2014 Williamston Christmas Parade. Williamston Police Chief Tony Taylor was their driver for the event. Read More »


Marching Regiment in Williamston parade

Palmetto High Marching Regiment Band at the Williamston Christmas Parade. Read More »


Wren High Band

The Wren High Band was one of the highlights of the Piedmont Christmas Parade. Read More »


A Holly, Jolly Christmas

The Piedmont Christmas parade sponsored by the Bonnes Amies Club had a good turnout for spectators and participants Saturday. The theme this year was “A Holly, Jolly Christmas”. Businesses, churches, organizations, dance Read More »

Main St. Director resigns

Williamston’s Main Street Program Director Caroline Alex has announced that she is resigning her position with the town’s economic development program effective Dec. 26. Alex has served as the programs coordinator for one year. She will be taking a position with Clemson University.

Williamston Mayor Mack Durham said he was “happy for Caroline” and “the town was fortunate to have had such a talented person to help get the program founded.” He said he was equally excited to begin the process of finding another professional to carry the program forward.

Durham said he will work with Main Street SC Director Beppie LeGrand and Main Street Williamston Board Chairman Jonathan Fowler during the interview process to find a new director for the Main Street Williamston program.

West Pelzer residents have choice in Dec. 30 election

December 30By Stan Welch

Residents of West Pelzer will be able to go to the polls on the last Tuesday of the year for a special election to fill one vacant seat on town council. The seat was vacated by the resignation of Robert Alexander earlier this year.

While the faces of the four candidates on the ballot in the Dec. 30 special election are fresh, the names still evoke a sense of legacy and continuity. Two candidates have relatives who have either served on Council, or are still on Council currently.

Scott to contest charges for removing mail box

By Stan Welch

As a result of a dispute with a neighbor, town councilman Otis Scott appeared before the judge in the Powdersville Summary Court last week, Scott, who currently serves on the Williamston Town Council as the Ward Four representative, has been charged with malicious damage to real property.

On October 2, Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputy B.S. Chandler received a telephone complaint from Daniel Keeler who once resided at 5 A Street in Williamston. Scott lives at 4 A Street. Keeler, who, according to the incident report on file at the ACSO, now lives in Forney Texas, but still owns the residence on A Street, complained that Scott had sent him an e-mail, telling him that on September 27 he had removed Keeler’s mailbox; which Scott claimed was on his property, and had placed it on Keeler’s front porch.

Sen. O’Dell recognized for supporting agriculture

By Stan Welch

Senator Billy O’Dell added to a long list of awards received as a legislator when the South Carolina Farm Bureau honored him earlier this month with one of its two Legislator of the Year awards. O’Dell was recognized for his support of agriculture in South Carolina and his efforts “to help agriculture survive and thrive in South Carolina”.

Last chance to see “A Christmas Carol”

Mill Town Players

The Mill Town Players production of A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas will have performances this weekend. The unique version of the Charles Dickens classic is an Upstate premier, featuring veteran actor Peter Haloulos as Ebeneezer Scrooge as well as 26 local actors. Tickets are only $10 with shows Friday and Saturday evenings at 8pm and Sunday at 3pm. For more information about Mill Town Players and upcoming productions, call 864-947-8000 or visit the website

Journal Holiday Schedule

The Journal will have an early deadline of Thursday at noon for both the Dec. 24 and Dec. 31 issues. The offices will be closed Dec. 22-26 for the Christmas Holidays and will re-open Monday Dec. 29. News items for the Dec. 31 issue may be mailed, faxed, or emailed or items may be placed in our mail drop box at the front door. Items will also be accepted 9 a.m. to 12 noon on Dec. 31. We wish our correspondents, advertisers and readers a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Williamston holiday schedule

The Town of Williamston offices will be closed Dec. 25 -26 and Jan. 1 for the Christmas/New Year holiday.

Trash pickup schedule for the week of Christmas will be Ward 1 and Ward 2 on Monday, Dec. 22, Ward 3 on Tuesday, Dec. 23 and Ward 4 on Wednesday, Dec. 24.

New Year’s week – Trash pickup for Ward 1 on Monday Dec. 29, Ward 2 on Tuesday Dec. 30, Ward 3 on Wed. Dec. 31 and Ward 4 on Friday Jan. 2, 2015.

Convenience Center Holiday Schedule

Anderson County’s Convenience Centers will operate on the following schedule during the holidays.

CLOSED: December 24 & 25.

OPEN: December 26 and January 1.

The opening of the new Slabtown convenience center has been delayed by weather. The old site remains open and area residents should take their recyclables and other items to that site.

Scam Alert

The Williamston Police Department is warning residents of a “Publisher Clearinghouse Winner Sweepstakes” scam in which fraudulent Kroger Co. checks are being included with the “winners” letters. According to reports, the fraudulent letters are being received in the mail by individuals in multiple states. Financial institutions and other check cashing entities are being advised not to cash the checks. Residents are being advised to be cautious of any phone call, email or mailed offer that seems too good to be true or requesting help for a heart pulling situation in which the person is not known.

Williamston Police Report

Williamston police officers investigated the following incidents:

Dec. 14 – Haven of Rest, 559 West Main St., Williamston reported a white male and female took items valued at $50 from the drop box at the store and left in a red four door car. The vehicle was stopped and the subjects stated they didn’t know it was against the law to take items from the drop box. The items werereturned to where they were taken. No arrest was made. J. T. Hunt, M. E. Simmons investigated.

Anderson County Sheriff’s report

Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated the following:


Dec. 12 – M.D. Creamer responded to a hotel located at 3104 Highway 153 where Lori Baker reported that someone had cut the lock from their U-Haul trailer and stolen some items from inside.

Obituaries Week of Dec. 17, 2014

Obituaries Week of Dec. 17, 2014

News Week of Dec. 10, 2014

News Week of Dec. 10, 2014

Jones signs with Ole Miss

Jones signs 2

The number one college defensive recruit, D.J. Jones, announced on December 17 that he will play the rest of his college career at Ole Miss.

Vehicle fire


The Williamston Fire Department responded to a vehicle fire in front of the Williamston Municipal Center (Town Hall) at approximately 4:15 p.m. Monday.

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