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Pelzer house fire – Lopez Street

West Pelzer firefighters battle a house fire early Friday morning on Lopez Street in Pelzer. Flames were coming from the home when firefighters arrived shortly after five a.m. Wren, Whitefield, and South Read More »

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Car stikes tree – McAlister Road

One person was injured Wednesday night in a single car accident on McAlister Road. The car left the roadway in a curve and struck the tree, knocking limbs into the roadway. Williamston Read More »

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One injured – West Georgia Road

One person was injured in a rear end collision on West Georgia Road on Tuesday night. South Greenville firefighters along with Greenville County EMS responded to the accident. The accident happened at Read More »

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Car upside down in creek – driver uninjured

South Greenville firefighters and state troopers responded to the scene of a car in a creek on Tuesday night. When they arrived on Piedmont Golf Course Road they found a vehicle nearly Read More »

Pelzer house fire – Lopez Street

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West Pelzer firefighters battle a house fire early Friday morning on Lopez Street in Pelzer. Flames were coming from the home when firefighters arrived shortly after five a.m. Wren, Whitefield, and South Greenville fire departments also assisted. Pelzer and Williamston EMS stood by as firefighters fought the blaze. (Photo by David Rogers)

Belton domestic incident under investigation

Just before 11 a.m. Wednesday, Anderson County Sheriff’s Eeputies responded to a residence on Wood Valley Drive in Belton in reference to a welfare check.

Once on scene, officers were unable to make contact with anyone at the home but they noticed that the front door of the residence was unsecured. Based on the circumstances, they entered the house and found Lisa Michelle Loudermilk, WF, age 33, deceased. The coroner’s office was notified.

News Week of Feb. 25, 2015

News Week of Feb. 25, 2015

Car stikes tree – McAlister Road
Obituaries Week of Feb. 25, 2015
More snow in forecast
District One looking forward to additional funding
School District One approves personnel for 2015-16
Piedmont paving should begin soon
Changing form of government on agenda for Council meeting March 2
Piedmont development could bring 147 jobs to county
Around the County . . .
Williamston Police Report
Anderson County Sheriff’s Report
One injured – West Georgia Road
Car upside down in creek – driver uninjured
Anderson woman pleads guilty in filing fraudulent tax returns
Pay final respects to fallen firefighter
Council work session previews March 2 meeting
Snowy Lane
Casey Ashley of Donalds wins Bassmaster Classic
West Pelzer meeting draws crowd; discussion on staff, budget cuts

News Week of Feb. 18, 2015

Car stikes tree – McAlister Road

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One person was injured Wednesday night in a single car accident on McAlister Road. The car left the roadway in a curve and struck the tree, knocking limbs into the roadway. Williamston EMS transported the injured to an area hospital. (Photo by David Rogers)

Obituaries Week of Feb. 25, 2015

GERRY ALBERSON, EVELYN ELROD TRIPP, BOBBY CAPPS, CHARLES FLEMING, MARTHA GLENN, BEATRICE SULLIVAN, COREY LEE CLEM, MARGARET POLMATIER, CATHERINE ROWLAND SMITH, JAMES HAROLD TURNER SR.ANNE RIDGE

More snow in forecast

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect from 4 p.m. Wednesday evening until 7 a.m. Thursday with possible snow accumulation of five to eight inches.

District One looking forward to additional funding

By David Meade

During their montly meeting Tuesday, Anderson School District One Board of Trustees heard good news about an increase in state funding and preparations being made in advance of the first collections of the 1 cent sales tax.

The board also heard an update on two Safe Routes to Schools projects that will bring new sidewalks and improve safety for students walking near Powdersville High School and the Palmetto schools in Williamston.

School District One approves personnel for 2015-16

Anderson School District One Board of Trustees approved Principals, Assistant Principals and other adminstrative positions for the 2015-16 school year along with three other personell recomendations during their regular monthly meeting held Tuesday (Feb. 24):

Among personnel recommendations approved were: Andria Kelly, Media Specialist, Wren Elementary; Olivia Taylor, Chemistry, Wren High; Katherine Moore, Science, Wren High and one Resignation – Caitlin Davis, Social Studies, Palmetto High.

ADMINISTRIATIVE – Primary/Elementary

Sherry Padgett, Concrete Primary Principal; Brandon Koon, Concrete Primary, Assistant Principal; Amy Cothran, Palmetto Elementary, Principal; John Economou, Palmetto Elementary, Assistant Principal; Kristie Finley, Cedar Grove Elementary, Principal; Jeffrey Simpson, Cedar Grove Elementary, Assistant Principal; Brad Moore, Powdersville Elementary, Assistant Principal; Dr. Stacy Hashe, West Pelzer Elementary, Principal; Cathy Heath, West Pelzer Elementary, Assistant Principal.

Piedmont paving should begin soon

By Stan Welch

The hundreds of customers who are enjoying their new sewer system will soon begin to enjoy their repaved roads as well. Last week, Anderson County awarded the paving contract that will end the sewer upgrade project to Venesky Asphalt, Inc., of Easley.

Changing form of government on agenda for Council meeting March 2

By David Meade

Williamston Town Council held a work session Monday during which three members of Council and the mayor aired out differences which came to a head recently over the the town’s street enhancement project and which led to an effort to change the town’s current form of government. Jeff Shaker of the SC Municipal Association was also present at the meeting.

All three members of council in favor of the referendum had indicated that they feel they are not being kept informed on major issues affecting the town.

Councilman Otis Scott, who made the original motion to change the form of government during the February council meeting, said that he was elected by the people to represent them and he wants the people to decide if there should be a change.

Councilman Rockey Burgess pointed out several instances in which decisions were made and council found out about them after people in his Ward began complaining and questioning why something was done.

Burgess said, “It is very important that people know what is going on.”

Piedmont development could bring 147 jobs to county

By Stan Welch

The biggest news to come out of the Anderson County Council meeting Tuesday night concerned a potential economic development in the Piedmont area. While economic development director Burriss Nelson followed the usual procedure of using a code name for potential projects, enough details surfaced during the discussion of the benefits to be received to serve as clues to the client’s identity and intentions.

Nelson, who presented a request for economic incentives to be offered in the form of infrastructure credits , and inclusion of the client in the joint county industrial and business park, informed Council that the proposed development would result in a capital investment of $13.5 million, and result in one hundred forty seven jobs, with an average wage of $19.72 per hour. That would produce an annual payroll of approximately $5.7 million.

Around the County . . .

Anderson County Public Works Department projects around Anderson County:

Building and Codes

· Received bids for Phase III of our Substandard Housing Demolition Plan and are reviewing the scope of the bids to award the contract. This will include a total of 10 Substandard Structures.

· PERMITS SUBMITTED: 6 New Single-Family Dwelling Issued and 2 Addition-Renovation; 2 Detached Garage/Storage Buildings; 6 issued for Electrical and HVAC Upgrades; 2 Commercial Including: Hytech Machine Addition and Electrical for Andersonville Baptist Church; 7 Mobile Home including: New Homes, Change of Ownership, moves from other counties, change of location, etc. 22 New Single-Family Dwelling and 10 Addition-Renovation; 8 Detached Garage/Storage Buildings; 26 Electrical and HVAC Upgrades; 1 Swimming Pool; 7 Demolition; 1 Replacement Permit; 13 Commercial Including: Open Door Community Church, Watson Engineering, Powdersville Medical Up-Fit, , Midway Ridge Monument Sign, Re-Roof of Ingles Market #16, 37 Mobile Home including: New Homes, Change of Ownership, moves from other counties, change of location, etc.

· DRAWINGS SUBMITTED: 2 Signs for Bojangles in Piedmont, Verizon Wireless Shelter for Electrical Equipment in the Town of Honea Path, New Fire Station # 24 off Hwy. 86 in Piedmont and various resubmittals.

Williamston Police Report

Williamston Police Officers investigated the following incidents over the previous two week period:

Feb. 23 – Johnny Ray Patterson, Jr., 30, 300 HI Taylor Rd., Williamston was arrested for open container and public disorderly conduct after officers were dispatched to Anderson Drive in reference to a vehicle stuck in a ditch. According to reports, the driver of the vehicle (owned by Patterson) stated a deer had run in front of her and she left the roadway to miss it. While gathering information, officers found an open container near the vehicle. A matching unopened can of 24 oz. Bud Light was found in the truck. When questioned about the open container, Patterson became loud and boisterous and was arrested. J. Taylor investigated.

Anderson County Sheriff’s Report

Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated the theft of several vehicles left warming up and one incident of a man talking to products in a beer cooler. Among incidents investigated were the following:

EASLEY

Feb. 22 – J.R. Brunson was on patrol when he noticed a truck at 106 Ragsdale Rd., which matched a suspect vehicle in a pursuit earlier in the day. He and Deputy D. McQueen contacted the resident, Nathan Porter, WM, 52, 6’1”, 190 pounds, bald/green, who said he had noticed the tag, which proved stolen, earlier but didn’t know how it got there. He was placed under arrest for receiving stolen property and transported to ACDC.

One injured – West Georgia Road

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One person was injured in a rear end collision on West Georgia Road on Tuesday night. South Greenville firefighters along with Greenville County EMS responded to the accident. The accident happened at the intersection of Holcome Road and sent one driver to the hospital. (Photo by David Rogers)

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