Suspicious vehicle fire

West Pelzer firefighters work at the scene of a vehicle fire on Saturday night. The vehicle was parked in front of a residence on Estelle Drive when the resident smelled smoke and Read More »


Car strikes utility pole – Old Pelzer Road

A South Greenville firefighter talks with a tow truck operator at the scene of a single vehicle accident on Old Pelzer Road on Sunday afternoon. One person was injured and was taken Read More »


Three vehicle accident on I-85

Wren firefighters, state troopers, and an Anderson County deputy push one of three vehicles from the roadway after an accident on I-85 on Saturday evening. One person was transported to an area Read More »


Pickup trucks collide in intersection

Whitefield firefighters direct traffic around the scene of a two vehicle accident on Saturday evening. Two pickup trucks collided at the intersection of Bowlan Road and Breazeale Road. Both trucks were heavily Read More »


Biker loses control on exit ramp

A motorcyclist was injured Friday afternoon  the intersection of I-85 and SC 86 when he apparently lost control of the Yamaha motorcylc on the I-85  exit ramp. He was taken to an area Read More »


One injured in I-85 accident

A Wren firefighter and a trooper work at the scene of a two vehicle accident on I-85 north on Friday night. One person was taken to the hospital by Pelzer EMS. Traffic Read More »


Singer/songwriter Lucas Hoge to headline Spring Water Festival

By David Meade Award winning country music singer/songwriter Lucas Hoge will headline the 33rd Annual Spring Water Festival coming up August 22 and 23, organizers said this week. Hoge has recorded three Read More »

Brady representing SC at ALA Girls Nation

Washington, D.C. – Katherine Brady of Williamston, a student at Wren High School, is one of only 98 young women attending the 68th American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Girls Nation in Washington, D.C., this week. In addition to representing South Carolina, she was nominated for President of Girls Nation by her party and is running in the general election which is being held today (Wednesday).

Palmetto Area Cultural Arts Center offers second Summer Camp

The Palmetto Area Cultural Arts Center (PACAC) in Williamston is offering a second Summer Arts Camp July 28 – Aug. 1. Palmetto Middle School Art Teacher Thomas Addison and Cedar Grove Elementary School Art Teacher Heather Dowell will lead a visual arts camp for children ages six to 12 years.

League for Athletic Youth begins football practice


By Stan Welch

The Powdersville League for Athletic Youth (PLAY) has begun practice for its four football teams, according to league official Emery Williams. The first practices were held on Monday, July 21. The teams are divided by age – 5&6 year olds; 7&8 year olds; 9&10 year olds; and 10 &12 year olds. The teams have drawn a hundred registrants, while thirty girls have signed up as cheerleaders.

Get ready for 5K Spring Water Run

Organizers of the AnMed Health Spring Water Run, to be held in conjunction with the 33rd annual Spring Water Festival are now accepting applications for the event. The run is sanctioned as an RRCA Grand Prix event and will include a 1 mile and 5K run on Saturday morning, Aug. 23.

Plans to be unveiled for Rocky River swamp area

Nestled among train trestles and heavily traveled highways, a treasure of environmental resources rests in the largest swamp located within city limits in the Upstate.

On July 24, 2014 at 7 p.m., Anderson area residents are invited to attend the first public unveiling of plans for the Rocky River and its surrounding swamp, a wetland area of more than 400 acres positioned in the area where Old Williamston Road and Gossett Street meet Highway 29 near Anderson University. 

Sheriff’s Office Explorers receive top awards In State Competition

Anderson County Sheriff’s Office Explorers received several top awards while participating in the South Carolina Association of Law Enforcement Explorers (SCALE) Competition recently. The competition was held July 8 through July 12, 2014, in Summerville, as part of the group’s 2014 Summer Conference. Explorers from the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office brought home several top awards.

Sheriff John Skipper attends State Conference

Sheriff John Skipper recently attended the 33rd Annual South Carolina Sheriffs’ Conference held in Myrtle Beach.

The three day conference began Sunday evening, July 13, with the President’s Reception, which began at 6:15 p.m. The reception was held in the exhibit hall with 78 law enforcement vendors showing and demonstrating products that ranged from specially designed police cars to law enforcement software for jail and case management.

Vietnam Veterans to be honored in Columbia

South Carolina’s Vietnam War era veterans are invited to a special ceremony at 10 a.m. August 2 in Columbia, honoring their service to our nation. Hosted by U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), the event will feature keynote speaker Major General James Everett Livingston (ret), United States Marine Corps, custodian of the Medal of Honor, as well as military bands from around South Carolina, and memorabilia and military artifacts from the era.

County Attorney Pitts going to City of Greenville

By Stan Welch

After five years as Anderson County’s attorney, Michael Pitts will be turning the job over in order to become the lead attorney for the City of Greenville. Pitts will be turning the job over to a fellow Nexsun Pruett attorney, and one with local ties.

Leon Harmon is a Wren High School graduate and a Clemson honor grad with a degree in chemical engineering. He graduated from Emory Law School in Atlanta. In recent years, he has provided pro bono legal advice to the Pelzer Historical Association.

Williamston Police Report

Williamston Police Officers investigated the following incidents:

July 21 – Thomas Gerald Allred, 36, 112 Meares Dr., Pelzer was arrested for driving under suspension after a Ford Explorer was observed on Bigby St.

July 21 – Bert Leethomas Lahue, 32, 114 Davis St., Williamston was arrested for possession of methamphetamine after officers were dispatched to the residence in reference to a domestic situation involving a gun. The gun was in the glove box of Lahue’s vehicle. Before investigating officers secured the gun from the vehicle. During a search of the vehicle, officers found a pipe commonly used to smoke methamphetamine and a Marlboro cigarette box containing 1.5 grams of methamphetamine which field tested positive as meth. Cpl. L. E. Mulz, C. Samuel investigated.

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