T. G. Sheppard to headline Spring Water Festival entertainment

The Williamston Springwater Committee announced this week that “classic country artist” T. G.. Sheppard will headline entertainment for the 35th annual Spring Water Festival which will be held August 26 & 27 Read More »

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Mill Town Players present Oklahoma

Record weekend opener The Mill Town Players kicked off their 2016-17 season with their production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! last weekend, with morethan 1,000 people attending over the opening weekend. Oklahoma! Read More »


Two vehicle accident – Hwy. 247

South Greenville firefighters work at the scene of a two vehicle accident on Monday evening on Highway 247. The driver of a sport utility vehicle was transported to the hospital by Greenville Read More »


Single vehicle accident – Welcome Road

Whitefield firefighters work at the scene of a single car accident on Welcome Road Sunday morning. A car was traveling east on Welcome Road when it left the roadway and overturned. The Read More »


Three injured – Mill Street

Three people were injured on Friday afternoon in a near head on collision on Mill Street in W. Pelzer. West Pelzer firefighters and Pelzer EMS responded to the call. EMS transported the Read More »

News Week of July 20, 2016

News Week of July 20, 2016

Greenville man arrested in snatch and grab incidents

Kirk Donnell BurroughsGreenville County Deputies recently arrested 54 year-old Kirk Donnell Burroughs in connection with five snatch and grabs that took place in the Greenville area between July 18, 2016 and July 19.

According to reports, in the early morning hours of July 18, 2016 Greenville County Deputies were called to the CVS Pharmacy located at 2401 E North St., Walgreens located at 6057 White horse Rd., Wal-Mart located at 1451 Woodruff Rd., McDonalds located at 3618 Pelham Rd., and the Corner Mart gas station located at 1330 E. Lee Rd. in reference to a heavy-set black male suspect

Piedmont man arrested on auto theft, drug charges

rsz_shannon_charlie_gillespie_sr_photoShannon Charlie Gillespie, 44, of Piedmont has been served with three outstanding warrants including possession of a stolen vehicle, resisting arrest, and trafficking in methamphetamine after fleeing from authorities and later being found with the help of a K-9 unit.

According to reports, on July 16 Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 3300 Abbeville Highway in Anderson in reference to a stolen vehicle that had been spotted by the owner. The vehicle pulled into the Stop-a-Minit at that location but the suspect, later identified as Gillespie, fled on foot into the nearby woods on Beckman Drive.

T. G. Sheppard to headline Spring Water Festival entertainment


The Williamston Springwater Committee announced this week that “classic country artist” T. G.. Sheppard will headline entertainment for the 35th annual Spring Water Festival which will be held August 26 & 27 in Williamston’s Mineral Spring Park. T. G. Sheppard has 21 number one hits and is ranked among the top 100 country artists of all time which according to Spring Water Festival Chairman David Meade, “has made him one of the most popular performers on tour today.”

“We are excited to have T. G.. Sheppard headline this years entertainment,” Meade said. “With a show full of chart topping hits like “Last Cheaters Waltz”,”I Loved ‘Em Everyone”,”Do You Wanna Go To Heaven”, and “Party Time”, T. G. Sheppard is sure to bring a show that country music lovers will appreciate and enjoy.”

Mill Town Players present Oklahoma

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Record weekend opener

The Mill Town Players kicked off their 2016-17 season with their production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! last weekend, with morethan 1,000 people attending over the opening weekend.

Oklahoma! runs for the next three weekends through Aug 7 with shows Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 3pm. The production will be performed in the Historic Pelzer Auditorium at 214 Lebby Street, Pelzer. Tickets are only $10 with discounts for seniors, military and students at the door or online at

Party in the Park returns next Saturday, July 30

Palmetto Business Association

The Palmetto Business Association (former GWBA) will hold their second Party in the Park event next Saturday, July 30. The event will begin at 5 p.m. and will feature music by T. J. Lazer and the New Detroits and the TKO Band. There will be food vendors and free activities for kids including face painting inflatables, clowns and more. Organizers are currently accepting sign ups for local food vendors.

TJ Lazer and the New Detroits is a southern “soul funkin’-rock band,” based in Greenville. Their sound is fun loving, up lifting, toe-tapping, groove-making music, band members say. “We like to think of our performances as not just a great live show, but as a great experience,” bandmember Thomas McPartland said.

County planning seeking feedback on comprehensive plan

By Stan Welch

Jeff Parkey, of the Anderson County Planning Department, recently informed the various town councils in the area that the department had reached the stage in their development of the ten year comprehensive plan where they were seeking reactions and input from the public.

The plan, which is used to project the county’s future needs in a number of categories, is subject to a mandatory review every five years, but must be reworked and updated thoroughly every ten years. That deadline will be reached next year; hence the efforts to gather information and opinions from the general public.

Williamston dealing with water leaks

The Town of Williamston Public Works Department has been extremely busy over the last two weeks. According to Public Works Director David Rogers, the department has repaird 12 leaks in the towns water system over the last ten days. Over the weekend, town employees worked to repair a major leak in an 8 inch line on East Main Street. Rogers said the crew was out at 2 a.m. to repair the leak in the line which is 80 years old.

West Pelzer moves forward on property purchase

For new town hall

By Stan Welch

The West Pelzer Town Council held a special called meeting last Thursday to consider possible means of purchasing the old NAPA store at 30 Main Street. The meeting was necessary in order to meet the deadline for exercising the Town’s option to purchase. The proposal, which would involve the purchase and renovation of the current NAPA store location at 30 Main Street, would upgrade and centralize the town’s governmental functions, as well as anchoring what Mayor Sanders sees as the downtown business district.

Animal supporters speak on animal abuse ordinance

No more shooting dogs

By Stan Welch

Anderson County Council continued to tweak and amend its animal abuse ordinance Tuesday night, as several dozen animal lovers gathered to both support and critique those efforts.

Based on an incident earlier this year which resulted in a wounded dog suffering for almost three weeks after being shot by its owner, District Four Councilman Tom Allen took the lead on the amendment and modification of the ordinance. The main change to the ordinance essentially requires the owner of any dog planning to put the animal down to take it to a licensed veterinarian to have the euthanasia performed.

Around the County . . .

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

Building and Codes

·         PERMITS SUBMITTED: 21 New Single-Family Dwelling and 4 Addition-Renovation; 6 Detached Garage/Accessory Buildings; 1 Pool; 4 Demolition; 1 Replacement; 26 Electrical and HVAC Upgrades; 13 Commercial Including: 3 Verizon Wireless Co-Locates, Southern Smoke Barbecue, O’Reilly’s Auto Parts Up-Fit, Hardee’s Remodel, TTI Research Area Repair, Bank of America ADA Renovation, PIPC Powdersville Alarm System, Electrical for Trash Compactor, Electrical Service for Existing Storage Building, HVAC Change-out for Pier One Imports, New Tankless Water Heater/Gas Line installation for private business; 25 Mobile Home including: New Homes, Change of Ownership, moves from other counties, change of location, etc.

Piedmont resident sentenced in mail theft

Acting United States Attorney Beth Drake announced that Tracy Lynn Albertson, age 43, of Piedmont, was recently sentenced in federal court in Anderson, for conspiracy to commit fraud, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371. United States District Judge Timothy M. Cain of Anderson sentenced Albertson to 57 months imprisonment and ordered her to pay over $11,000 in restitution.

Williamston Police Report

Williamston Police Officers investigated the following incidents:

July 6 – Officers investigated an abandoned vehicle at 600 Parker St.. The blue-green Pontiac was unoccupied and had several gas/fuel jugs in the vehicle. The vehicle tag was registered to another vehicle. Neither the vehicle nor the tag had been reported stolen. The tag was removed from the vehicle and the vehicle was towed. M. Roberts investigated.

Anderson County Sheriff’s Report

Sheriff’s office investigates five incidents


The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office only reported investigating five incdents last week in the Piedmont, Pelzer and Williamston area and none in the Easley part of the county. Among incidents reported were the following:




July 16 – D.J. Petiit received a telephone report from Donna Madden, of 257 Hardwood Rd. that someone had stolen her Better Homes patio furniture, valued at $500.

Obituaries Week of July 20, 2016


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