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Car overturns on Holcombe Road

South Greenville firefighters wait on a state trooper to finish his investigation of a single car wreck on Holcombe Road on Thursday night. A Nissan ran off the road and struck a Read More »

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Two vehicle accident

Powdersville firefighters work at the scene of a two vehicle accident on Highway 81 near Highway 153 on Wednesday night. Pelzer EMS also responded to the call but all parties involved refused Read More »

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ACSO Sheriff’s Chief Pilot retiring

Larry Gilstrap, Chief Pilot for the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office’s Aviation Division, will fly his last assignment on May 14, 2015 when he officially retires from Anderson County. Gilstrap’s extensive experience with Read More »

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SUV strikes power pole

Williamston Police Officers investigate an incident in which an SUV struck a utility pole Monday afternoon on Beaverdam Road near Hardees. The driver was not injured. The pole broke on impact. Utility Read More »

Car overturns on Holcombe Road

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South Greenville firefighters wait on a state trooper to finish his investigation of a single car wreck on Holcombe Road on Thursday night. A Nissan ran off the road and struck a culvert before overturning. The driver was transported to an area hospital by Greenville County EMS. (Photo by David Rogers)

Two vehicle accident

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Powdersville firefighters work at the scene of a two vehicle accident on Highway 81 near Highway 153 on Wednesday night. Pelzer EMS also responded to the call but all parties involved refused treatment. One car caught on fire after the collision but was quickly extinguished by firefighters. (Photo by David Rogers)

ACSO Sheriff’s Chief Pilot retiring

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Larry Gilstrap, Chief Pilot for the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office’s Aviation Division, will fly his last assignment on May 14, 2015 when he officially retires from Anderson County.

Gilstrap’s extensive experience with aviation during his years in the army made him the perfect candidate for the Sheriff’s Aviation Division. After graduating from Liberty High School, Larry entered the United States Army and served in Vietnam, Fort Benning (Georgia) and South Korea as a helicopter crew chief. Most of Larry’s experience in the Army was working on UH1H helicopters, also known as Hueys.

News Week of Mar. 25, 2015

News Week of Mar. 25, 2015

ACSO Sheriff’s Chief Pilot retiring
School District One portion of county seeing economic growth
GWBA Easter Egg Hunt March 28 in park
School Board recognizes students for competition achievements
District One Board approves personnel
West Pelzer to extend burn period through May 3
Preston to comply with court repayment demands
Around the County . . .
Williamston Police Report
Anderson County Sheriff’s Report
Obituaries Week of Mar. 25, 2015
SUV strikes power pole
Arrest made in Belton shooting
Arrest made in vehicle theft
18 Wheeler blocks Cherokee Road
Pelzer annexation petition meets certification, barely
New Brown Road Fishing Pier now open
Golden-S Rescue owner facing 60 charges
Kevin the cat back home – after trip to California

News Week of Mar. 18, 2015

School District One portion of county seeing economic growth

By Stan Welch

Anderson County’s recent success in its economic development efforts is well established. A number of businesses and industries have located in the area in recent years, and future growth and development is underway. What sometimes escapes the public awareness, however, is the fact that many of these businesses have located within the boundaries of Anderson School District One, leading to increased tax revenues. In the last six years, more than a half dozen industries have either located in the Piedmont area, or expanded existing facilities. These businesses have created hundreds of jobs.

The recent announcement by the Coca Cola Company that it will be moving its regional headquarters and distribution center from the Mauldin area to a location near the intersection of I-85 and Highway 86 is a perfect example of the impact that will result.

GWBA Easter Egg Hunt March 28 in park

The Greater Williamston Business Association (GWBA) will sponsor their annual Easter Egg Hunt for ages 10 and under on Saturday, March 28 in Williamston’s Mineral Spring Park. Rain date for the event will be the following Saturday, Apr. 4.

Ages and time schedules are as follows: under three – 9:30 a.m., ages four and five – 10 a.m., ages six and seven – 10:30 a.m., and ages eight to ten – 11 a.m.

Drawings for prizes and grand prizes will be held for each age group prior to their scramble for candy, which this year will be enclosed in colorful plastic eggs. At the conclusion of the last hunt, a drawing will be held for a grand prize.

School Board recognizes students for competition achievements

By David Meade

During their meeting Tuesday, the Anderson School District One Board of Trustees recognized several groups of students for recent accomplishments and announced that award winning theater teacher and director Will Ragland will be starting a new program at Palmetto High School.

Students at the Career and Technology Center were recognized including Codie Sloan, (Wren High School) who won best Public Service Announcement and best newscast at the national High School Radio Conference in New York City.

Also reconginzed were four VEX Robotics teams that competed in the State Tournament in Columbia. Two teams, Team 415B-ARES and Team 415C-The Black Widows, were tournament winners and will compete in the World Championships in Kentucky in April.

District One Board approves personnel

Anderson School District One Board of Trustees approved the following personnel recommendations during their meeting Tuesday:

Billie Fry, Guidance, Wren High School; Lindsey Neal, Math, Palmetto High; Will Ragland, Drama/Art, Palmetto high; Tracy Redmon, Speech, Powdersville Elementary; Nathan Wareham, Math, Palmetto High.

Administrative – Brad Moore , Principal, Powdersville Elementary.

West Pelzer to extend burn period through May 31

By Stan Welch

The West Pelzer Town Council held a special called meeting Monday night in order to give final approval to an amendment to the town’s burning ordinance.

Residents had complained that the wet and windy winter recently experienced had drastically impacted the number of days on which leaves and other yard debris could be burned. They sought additional days through an extension of the permitted burning interim.

News Week of Mar. 18, 2015

News Week of Mar. 18, 2015

Preston to comply with court repayment demands

Attorney says

By Stan Welch

Greenville attorney Jim Bannister recently filed a response to the U.S. District Court, on behalf of Joey Preston, indicating Preston’s intentions to comply with the Court appointed receivers demands that Preston either repay the $1.2 million dollars in “ill gotten monies” gleaned from Ron Wilson’s Ponzi scheme, or show cause why he can not.

Bannister’s court filing, dated March 17, states that Preston, who claims no knowledge of the illegal nature of Wilson’s scheme, despite his active role in attracting additional investors, is “perfectly willing to abide by whatever he is required to do . . . within his financial ability to do so.”

Around the County . . .

The following projects are underway throughout the county by the Anderson County Public Works Department:

· Development Standards

§ Received Land Use Permit Application for a proposed tattoo parlor located on Anderson Road in Piedmont.

· SITE PLAN REVIEW:

§ Coca Cola Bottling Company located on SC Highway 86 and Old Williamston Road.

§ Craytonville Fire Department located on McAdams School Road.

§ Tru-Flo Commercial Building located in Powdersville.

§ New Springs Powdersville Campus – Landscaping plan.

§ Arbors at Cobb’s Glen-Planned Development for six (6) Lots

§ Floodplain Development Permit for single-family home located on West Church Street, Easley.

§ Highway 153/River Road Commercial Modular Office.

Williamston Police Report

Williamston Police Officers made several arrests involving marijuana and other drugs including one in which a man on a bicycle was stopped for disregarding a stop sign and was arrested for possession of meth. They also investigated the theft of a rocking chair from a front porch and other incidents including the following:

Mar. 10 – Kathy Lynn Powell, 60, 104 McAlister Rd., Williamston reported a cell phone valued at $100 removed from the console of her vehicle while at the car wash at 100 East Main. According to reports it was later returned to her by a suspect and she did not wish to pursue further prosecution. Sgt. K. J. Winn investigated.

Anderson County Sheriff’s Report

Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated the following incidents:

PELZER

March 20 – J.R. Brunson responded to Bill’s Tire Center at 240 Highway 20, where manager Donnie Jeanes reported that someone had stolen two commercial batteries from a 1993 International truck. The loss was estimated at $300.

March 20 – J.R. Richey was dispatched to 1004 Macencro Circle, where he contacted Marisol Rodriguez at her friend’s house, where she had fled after being allegedly assaulted by her boyfriend and the father of her child. His name and description are withheld per ACSO protocol. Ms. Rodriguez showed signs of visible injuries and the case was to be presented to a magistrate.

Obituaries Week of Mar. 25, 2015

DORIS RAMSEY FREE, JOE DALRYMPLE, LEON ELLISON, JUDGE JAMES A. COX, ANNIE RUTH WILLIAMS, FRANCES MORGAN BRUMFIELD, JOHN COBB JR., MARY JO GARRETT, JAMES PILGRIM

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