One injured – Hwy. 29

One person was injured in a three vehicle wreck on US 29 North Friday evening. A car traveling south on US 29 was waiting to make a left turn onto Griffin Road Read More »


T. G. Sheppard talks with fan at Spring Water Festival

T. G. Sheppard talks with one of the many fans who lined up to meet the Country Music entertainer after his show at the Spring Water Festival Saturday evening. Thousands of people Read More »

One injured – Hwy. 29


One person was injured in a three vehicle wreck on US 29 North Friday evening. A car traveling south on US 29 was waiting to make a left turn onto Griffin Road when a sport utility vehicle struck a compact car in the rear knocking it into the rear of the car waiting to turn. The driver of the compact car had to be cut from the wreckage by Whitefield firefighters. That driver was taken to AnMed for their injuries by Belton EMS. The other two drivers were not injured. (Photo by David Rogers)

T. G. Sheppard talks with fan at Spring Water Festival


T. G. Sheppard talks with one of the many fans who lined up to meet the Country Music entertainer after his show at the Spring Water Festival Saturday evening. Thousands of people came out for the annual event despite a hot afternoon. More on Spring Water Festival to come!

T. G. Sheppard – “I’m blessed to be able to do what I do”


Interview with T. G. Sheppard – By David Meade

Classic Country Legend T. G. Sheppard has been in the music business for more than 50 years. During that time he went from being a fan of many of the country music greats, to working with and becoming friends with them.

Leaving his home in Humboldt, Tennessee, at the age of 15, he went to Memphis to begin his career. He became friends with Elvis. He started as a performer, then became a successful record promotion executive with the ability to pick a hit song and promote it.

But Sheppard kept thinking of his own career in music, which led him back to being a singer/entertainer, eventually having 21 number one hits.

Spring Water Festival T-shirts now available

480Springwater 2016 tee shirtsThe Spring Water Festival will be celebrating their 35th year this weekend with free kids activities, amusement rides, more than 100 business and craft vendors, antique and classic auto show, 5K run, trail walk and live music.

Festival T-shirts are now available in advance until Friday at ERS Radio Shack and The Journal. Designs include a new “Spring Life” heather blue T-shirt and a Mineral Spring Park – “One Of The Oldest Public Parks in the Country” heather orange T-shirt. Both T-shirts will be available at the festival for $10 each.

Pelzer begins looking at providing services

By David Meade

During a budget workshop held Tuesday, Pelzer Town Council began discussions on services the town wants or needs and how to pay for them. Top on the list and the subject of recent discussions with West Pelzer, is providing police protection and how to pay for it.

Town officials discussed the cost of having a police department, and other services, and establishing a millage rate for a tax base. There was some discussion about comparing nearby towns with police departments and how to budget for services.

Pelzer Town Attorny Jimmy King told the council that the earliest that tax notices could be sent out would be late 2018 and that the town would not collect any revenue until late 2018 and early 2019. He also advised the council that he had concerns about committing to an expenditure for services until the town has a tax base to cover the cost.

West Pelzer approves bond for town hall property purchase

By Stan Welch

The creation of a new town hall and police department moved one step closer during a special called meeting Tuesday night, as the West Pelzer Town Council gave first reading approval for the issuance of a general obligation bond in the amount of $139,000.

Since the price of the old NAPA auto parts store is ninety five thousand dollars, that will leave approximately forty four thousand dollars to begin the renovations and upgrades that will be necessary. Significant upgrades in the mechanical systems of the building will be required, as well as a new roof.

Town annexes two properties, to purchase two more

By David Meade

During a special called meeting Monday, Williamston Town Council approved the purchase of two tracts of property that will allow the town to make improvements related to economic development. The purchase of the properties at 209 Mauldin Street and 526 West Main Street were recommended in the town’s Community Master Plan which was completed last year.

The plan is part of a revitalization and economic development comprehensive master plan the town formulated through the Envision Williamston program. The Mauldin Street property is being purchased for $10,000, while the West Main property will be purchased for $28,000.

Hands-only CPR class at festival

The Williamston Fire Department is teaming up with 123 Buildings and the American Heart Association to provide hands-only CPR at the 2016 Spring Water Festival. Hands-only CPR has been shown to be as effective as conventional CPR for cardiac arrest at home, at work, or in public. It can double or even triple a victim’s chance of survival.

All adults are encouraged to attend this free training, where they will be able to learn and practice this life saving skill. Classes will be held at the Williamston Fire Department on Saturday, August 27, every 20 minutes from 9 am until 4 pm.

Police Department to sponsor training sessions

Dealing with the Mentally Ill

The Williamston Police Department is hosting two free training sessions on “Dealing with the Mentally Ill” September 27 and 28 at the Anderson Districts I & II. Career and Technology Center, 702 Belton Highway. Williamston. The training sessions will begin at 8:30 AM and end at 12:30 PM in the Multi-Purpose Room. Refreshments will be provided. The same class will repeat each day to give more first responders the opportunity to attend.

The training programs are designed to educate and prepare first responders who come into contact with people with severe mental illnesses to recognize the signs and symptoms of these illnesses, and to respond effectively and appropriately to people who are experiencing a psychiatric crisis.

School policy changes address comprehensive health education

The following policy changes were recently approved by the Anderson School District One Board regarding Comprehensive Health Education. The policy addresses health education instruction including reproductive health, pregnancy prevention and now domestic violence education.The policy also deals with drugs, alcohol, tobacco and HIV/AIDS eduction.

Highlights include:

Williamston Police Report

Williamston Police Officers investigated the theft of a truck from a residence and a drive-by shooting in which one man was injured. These and other incidents investigated were reported: Aug. 16 – Ruth Ann Pletcher, 303 Hardy St., Williamston reported her 2015 Chevrolet vandalized. According to reports the right passenger side fender had $1500 damage to it. R. Drennon investigated.

Two vehicle accident – Beaverdam Rd


West Pelzer firefighters assist Medshore Ambulance Service personnel at the scene of a two vehicle accident on Tuesday night. A sport utility vehicle was rear ended by another on Beaverdam Road near McAlister Road. The injured were taken to an area hospital. (Photo by David Rogers)

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