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Cooley Bridge Road accident

Crews work to off load gasoline from one tanker to another following an accident on Cooley Bridge Road Thursday night. A pickup truck and tractor tanker collided after a car pulled out Read More »

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Escaped serious injury – rollover accident

One person escaped serious injury after a rollover accident on Thursday night. The accident happened on Ballard Road between US 29 and SC 8. West Pelzer firefighters along with Medshore Ambulance Service Read More »

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Mill Town Players present Christmas in Dixie holiday concert

The Mill Town Players will persent Christmas in Dixie: A Country Music Holiday Concert beginning this Thursday, Dec. 1 at the Historic Pelzer Auditorium. Following last year’s very popular Rock n Roll Read More »

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Mill Town Players take top awards at SC Theater Festival

With production “Of Mice and Men” The Mill Town Players acclaimed production of Of Mice and Men won most of the first place awards at the annual South Carolina Theatre Association Community Read More »

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Envision Williamston announces new town beautification project

Adopt a Rest Stop Envision Williamston (EW) is unveiling a project to help beautify the Downtown Historic Corridor of the Town of Williamston. The first of 12 sites planned as part of Read More »

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Vacant home burns – Gossett Drive

A vacant home was destroyed by fire early Wednesday morning on Gossett Drive. When Williamston firefighters arrived two minutes after receiving the alarm flames were shooting through the roof into the night Read More »

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US Marshal motorcade escort

A motorcade of law enforcement officers escorted the body of Patrick Carothers, the US Marshal, who was killed the week before Thanksgiving, through Anderson County Sunday afternoon. Carothers was killed in Georgia Read More »

Cooley Bridge Road accident

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Crews work to off load gasoline from one tanker to another following an accident on Cooley Bridge Road Thursday night. A pickup truck and tractor tanker collided after a car pulled out to pass the tanker truck. The car left the scene. No one was injured in the wreck. Cheddar firefighters responded to the scene as a precaution. No product spilled as a result of the wreck. (Photo by David Rogers)

Escaped serious injury – rollover accident

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One person escaped serious injury after a rollover accident on Thursday night. The accident happened on Ballard Road between US 29 and SC 8. West Pelzer firefighters along with Medshore Ambulance Service responded to the call. State troopers investigated the wreck. (Photo by David Rogers)

West Pelzer – Pelzer Christmas parade Dec. 3

Followed by “Cookies with Santa”

The Town of West Pelzer and Town of Pelzer annual Christmas Parade will be held this Saturday, December 3rd at 3 p.m.. All registrants are encouraged to contact West Pelzer Town Hall prior to December 2nd to pick up registration forms. The parade will begin at the West Pelzer Fire Department in West Pelzer and end at Smythe Street in Pelzer. Awards will be given out immediately following the parade in Chapman Park to Best Overall, Best Religious, and Best School.

Mill Town Players present Christmas in Dixie holiday concert

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The Mill Town Players will persent Christmas in Dixie: A Country Music Holiday Concert beginning this Thursday, Dec. 1 at the Historic Pelzer Auditorium. Following last year’s very popular Rock n Roll Christmas concert, Christmas in Dixie is sure to be the perfect way to enjoy the holiday season with an original concert production of country music conceived by the same creative team of Kimberlee Ferreira and Joshua Morton.

Mill Town Players take top awards at SC Theater Festival

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With production “Of Mice and Men”

The Mill Town Players acclaimed production of Of Mice and Men won most of the first place awards at the annual South Carolina Theatre Association Community Theatre Festival in Charleston recently. The production received First Place, Best Ensemble, Best Actor (Brock Koonce), Best Supporting Actor (Matthew Merritt), Best Set Design (Will Ragland), Best Lighting Design (Ashley Pittman), Best Costume Design (Sissy Beck), and Best Sound Design (AJ Weaver).

The team will go on to represent South Carolina in the Southeastern Theatre Conference Community Theatre Festival in Lexington, KY, in March to compete against nine other Southeastern states.

Envision Williamston announces new town beautification project

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Adopt a Rest Stop

Envision Williamston (EW) is unveiling a project to help beautify the Downtown Historic Corridor of the Town of Williamston. The first of 12 sites planned as part of the “Adopt a Rest Stop” program was created with private funds provided by Ace Hardware and the generous donation of time and talent from Ragsdale’s Decks. The new pergola and bench seating is located on East Main Street at Town Square Center parking lot (next to McDonalds).

Picttured – Rodney Ragsdale of Ragsdale’s Decks looks on as workers put the final touches on a wooden pergola over the first Adopt a Rest Stop location on East Main Street. Ragsdale joined site sponsor Ace Hardware to design and build the pergola for the centerpiece project as part of the Envision Williamston downtown beautification “Adopt a Rest Stop” program.

“The Adopt a Rest Stop project will complement the Town’s proposed electronic message board and street banners, creating a vibrant and fresh look to the downtown,” according to EW Executive Director Sonya Crandall. “It will encourage greater visitor/pedestrian foot traffic, serve as a catalyst to generate spillover effects from community events held in Mineral Spring Park and help create an inviting environment for new business development.”

DHEC extends deadline for comments on Kinder Morgan pipeline gas spill

After complaints of poor public notice

By Stan Welch

Unhappy with the perceived failure of DHEC to provide adequate notice of the deadline for public comment on the proposed solution to the 2014 Plantation Pipeline leak near Belton, County Councilwoman Cindy Wilson wrangled an additional week for such comments to be received. That deadline is now December 6, next Tuesday.

Wilson’s displeasure is nothing new, where it concerns DHEC’s public notification procedures. “Ever since I became involved with the sewer and landfill issues more than fifteen years ago, DHEC has had a very poor record of open notification for such procedures. Monday, our county administrator received notice at 10:30 a.m. that public comments on the pipeline situation would close at 5 p.m. that same day. DHEC says they published the notice on their website, but it is a very complicated task to locate that notice. Besides, I have asked repeatedly to be officially informed of such deadlines, and as an elected official, that seems to be a reasonable request.”

District One Board hears building update, audit report

By David Meade

During their November meeting Tuesday, Anderson School District One Trustees recently re-elected to serve on the Board were administerd the oath of office and then heard an update on the building program, approved a bid for tennis courts at Powdersville and heard the annual audit report.

Board members Brenda Ellison (Area Six), David “Moochie” Merritt (Area Three) and Mike Wilson (Area Two) were administered the oath of office. Nancy Upton was elected Board Chair, Dr. Doug Atkins was elected Vice-Chair, David Merritt was elected Secretary. Mike Wilson was elected to serve on the Alternative School Board. Upton and Adkins were re-elected to serve on the Anderson District’s One and Two Career and Technology Center Board.

Personnel, contract issues to be discussed Monday

In executive session

By Stan Welch – Williamston Town Council met in a work session Tuesday night and previewed a brief agenda for next Monday’s Council meeting. The council will approve a resolution recognizing the Palmetto High School cheerleaders accomplishment this year in winning first place in the 3A division.

The agenda also includes two executive sessions, one for a personnel issue,and the other for a contractual matter. The presence of the two items on the agenda was confirmed after the town attorney and the representative from The Journal agreed that Councilman Burgess’s suggestion that the matters be addressed in the work session would not comply with the S.C. Freedom of Information Act.

Williamston’s Veterans Park Army Tank gets makeover

M60 A1 Army Tank

By David Meade – An M60 A1 Army tank located in Williamston’s Veterans Park was recently restored to original paint and marking specs of the equipment. The tank in the veterans park located off Gossett behind Mineral Spring Park had been painted camouflage for active duty service. The restored paint scheme is an olive drab green complete with a white star. Gordon Ponsford, of Ponsford Ltd. in Georgia, was in charge of the restore. “It reenergizes patriotism in the small communities these historic artifacts are located in,” Ponsford told The Journal while he was working on the project. “We are restoring the past for the future.”

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BEFORE – Getting ready for new paint

Williamston Police Report

Williamston police officers investigated shoplifting, fights, people were living in a residence with no power or water connection and an accident in Mineral Spring Park in which a vehicle accidentally struck a display and power pole causing $1500 in damage. These and other incidents investigated during the Thanksgiving holiday period included the following:

Nov. 15 – Williamston officers responded to 203 Williams Street Ext. in reference to a suspicious object on the front porch. According to reports, April Dawn Hufflin, 37, reported she found the object and had no idea where it came from and that they had concerns about touching it and the object being on the front porch. The object appeared to be a small propane tank and it appeared empty. The object was removed from the porch. M. Roberts investigated.

Anderson County Sheriff’s Report

Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies reported investigating the following incidents since the last reports made available to The Journal on October 24:

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Nov. 26 – J.A. Clark responded to 2901 Pelzer Hwy. where Alfredo Cortes, owner of Los Compadres restaurant reported that someone had broken into the restaurant, but had been unable to force entry into the main portion of the restaurant. Nothing was taken.

Vacant home burns – Gossett Drive

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A vacant home was destroyed by fire early Wednesday morning on Gossett Drive. When Williamston firefighters arrived two minutes after receiving the alarm flames were shooting through the roof into the night air. Firefighters had the fire under control in about ten minutes and kept it from spreading to a nearby home. Firefighters remained on the scene for several hours extinguishing hot spots. No one was injured but Medshore Ambulance Service stood by as a precaution. The cause is under investigation. Cheddar firefighters also assisted the Williamston department and Belton and Honea Path fire departments Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) responded (Photo by David Rogers)

Obituaries Week of November 30, 2016

BRUCE PETERSON, KATHLEEN FRASIER, RALPH LOCKE, FAYE SUMMER DARBY, JANETTE TURNER SMITH, JOE MCALISTER, DOROTHY ‘DOT’ G. HOLCOMBE, CHARLES CRITTENDON, JOANN STROUD DONALD, JOHNNY BISHOP, SAM FOGLE, RICK MEDLIN, PHOLIA KING, DILLON RIDGEWAY, VIRGIE B. POTEAT

US Marshal motorcade escort

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A motorcade of law enforcement officers escorted the body of Patrick Carothers, the US Marshal, who was killed the week before Thanksgiving, through Anderson County Sunday afternoon. Carothers was killed in Georgia while trying to arrest a man wanted for trying to kill police officers. Powdersville firefighters flew the US flag from their ladder truck from atop the SC 153 bridge over I-85 as they passed under. Carothers, a twenty-six year law enforcement veteran was buried Tuesday in a Virginia town where he attended high school. (Photo by David Rogers)

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