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Toddler playground receives finishing touches

Cody Wishnok spreads a rubber mulch product while working on the finishing touches of a new toddler playground in Mineral Spring Park in Williamston. The new playground equipment includes a Super Scoot, Read More »

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Lee Steam Station coal to gas upgrade/conversion complete

By David Meade/Stan Welch An innovative project to convert Duke Energy’s W. S. Lee Steam station near Williamston from coal to gas and retrofit a 57 year old steam turbine has recently Read More »

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Driver uninjured – Courtney Street

A West Pelzer firefighter stands by at the scene of a single vehicle accident early Wednesday morning. A vehicle overturned on Courtney Street near Brookview Circle. Pelzer EMS also responded but the Read More »

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Shiloh Church Road accident

AA tow truck operator prepares to load a Ford 500 that was involved in a single vehicle accident on Tuesday evening. The car was traveling west on Shiloh Church Road near Piedmont Read More »

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Accident causes power outage

A trooper along with Piercetown firefighters work at the scene of a single car accident on Alliance Parkway Tuesday night. A car left the roadway and struck a utility pole, breaking it. Read More »

Plastics manufacturer to locate in Alliance Park

EuWe Eugen Wexler US Plastics, Inc., a subsidiary of the Germany-based EuWe Group, is establishing manufacturing operations at Alliance Park in Anderson County. The automotive supplier is investing $11.1 million to open its first U.S. facility in the Upstate of South Carolina. The investment is expected to create 49 new jobs in the area.

Established in 1968 as a supplier of only metal products, the EuWe Group has grown tremendously since its inception. In 1970, the company expanded its production offerings to include plastic parts. Then, in 1993, the EuWe Group established its first international operations with a facility in Mexico. Today, the firm employs more than 1,700 workers in three countries and exclusively supplies the automotive industry. It boasts a client list featuring 10 of the world’s largest automobile manufacturers.

“Welcome EuWe! Anderson County is, again, the best location for establishing and expanding businesses. We offer the best people, education, logistics, beautiful neighborhoods and wonderful cultural, recreational and outdoor opportunities. Where else can you find all the right ingredients for success in one county?” Anderson County Council Member Cindy Wilson, District 7 said.

Toddler playground receives finishing touches

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Cody Wishnok spreads a rubber mulch product while working on the finishing touches of a new toddler playground in Mineral Spring Park in Williamston. The new playground equipment includes a Super Scoot, Wally the Whale Spring Rider, Firetruck Spring Rider, ASA/Wheelchair Accessible half ramp, playground boarder with surfacing guide, rubber mulch and Duraliner.

News Week of April 15, 2015

News Week of April 15, 2015

Lee Steam Station coal to gas upgrade/conversion complete
Sewer project, annexation top Pelzer priorities
Cash flow becoming an issue for West Pelzer
Williamston begins budget work
Duke Energy Grant for Timmerman Access
Gilstrap to serve on Ten at the Top Board
West Pelzer Police Report
Williamston Police Report
Anderson County Sheriff’s Report
Driver uninjured – Courtney Street
Shiloh Church Road accident
Accident causes power outage
Obituaries Week of Apr. 15, 2014
Lee Steam now running on natural gas
One injured – West Pelzer
Mayor proposes five percent pay raise

News Week of April 8, 2015

Lee Steam Station coal to gas upgrade/conversion complete

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By David Meade/Stan Welch

An innovative project to convert Duke Energy’s W. S. Lee Steam station near Williamston from coal to gas and retrofit a 57 year old steam turbine has recently been completed.

More than sixty years ago, Duke Power, as they were known then, built the William States Lee steam plant. The plant was named for a man who was instrumental in building the Duke Power system over the thirty one years of his career with the energy giant. Lee began as an engineer and became the company’s top man.

When the plant was placed into operation in 1951 it was one of the most modern and efficient power plants Duke Power had constructed. It was also innovative and engineered looking to the future.

The plant was constructed with three coal fired steam turbine units and designed so that it could be converted to natural gas one day. Fifty-seven years later that day has arrived.

Sewer project, annexation top Pelzer priorities

By David Meade

During their meeting Monday, Pelzer Town Council approved a resolution to adopt a USDA Rural Utilities Service grant/loan agreement that will allow the town to proceed with Phase II of a sewer improvement project. They also discussed annexation.

The Phase II project includes replacement of aging sewer lines with completely new lines serving approximately 58 residences.

Debbie Green of RUS presented information about the letter of conditions for the 25 percent loan/ 75 percent grant.

The town sent a written request on March 10 for additional funds to cover a cost overrun of $370,000 which will be the loan portion of the agreement. The grant is for $1,130,673. Interest rate on the loan will be at 2.125 percent Green said.

Cash flow becoming an issue for West Pelzer

By Stan Welch

The pressing question facing West Pelzer Town Council is whether enough revenue will come in between now and the final passage of the 2015-2016 budget to allow the town to make payroll and continue to function.

The repayment of the town’s current $40,643 tax anticipation note (TAN) is due on April 15.

While the town has the money on hand to meet the obligation, it leaves the town in a very tight situation. Figures indicate that the current week’s payroll, which totals approximately $5000, is on hand. Whether the money will continue to be available after that depends on cash flow.

Williamston begins budget work

Mayor proposes five percent pay raise

By Stan Welch

Mayor Mack Durham wasted little time at Thursday’s budget workshop, declaring his intentions to present a significant budget amendment at the next Council meeting. Durham explained that the Town’s finances are in very good shape, and that several pressing needs can be addressed during the current budget year, while still making a substantial addition to the town’s contingency funds.

Durham explained that while the Town has been addressing its financial challenges, some maintenance and equipment issues have been allowed to go by the wayside. But the most pressing need, according to Durham, is pay raises for the Town’s employees. “It has been ten years since the employees have had a raise, so I will be offering a budget amendment that will provide an immediate across the board five per cent increase to every employee.”

Duke Energy Grant for Timmerman Access

The Anderson County Timmerman Access Project in Pelzer is among fifteen organizations in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia receiving a portion of $1 million in grants from the Water Resources Fund to improve local water quality.

The Timmerman Access Project on the Saluda River will receive $99,509 to provide a handicapped-accessible kayak launch and shoreline access route at the Timmerman Access along the Saluda River Blue Trail.

Gilstrap to serve on Ten at the Top Board

Teri Gilstrap with Anderson County Economic Development has been selected to serve on the board for Ten at the Top (TATT), a non-profit organization created to foster collaboration and planning in South Carolina’s Upstate region.

The new board members will serve for the 2015-2017 term. They join existing members to form the governing board for the 10-county non-profit organization. New members of the Ten at the Top Board of Directors include:

West Pelzer Police Report

Traffic stop results in vehicle chase, foot chase in Pelzer

West Pelzer Police Department investigated an incident in which a West Pelzer resident is facing multiple charges after leaving a traffic stop causing a car chase and foot chase in Pelzer. Officers also investigated shoplifting, gas drive offs and other incidents.

Apr. 1 – James Anthony Craine, 35/40, 1A Evans St., West Pelzer was arrested and will be facing numerous charges after a gold Mazda SUV was observed operating on Hwy. 8 after dark without headlights on.

According to reports the vehicle initially stopped and Craine answered any question by officer with “I respect the police.” When the officer backed off to request assistance, the SUV quickly accelerated and pulled away. After a chase on Hwy. 8 to Pelzer, Murray St.,Lyman St., Adger Street the vehicle stopped and Craine fled on foot. He was apprehended attempting to scale a fence.

Williamston Police Report

Response thwarts PCH phone scam incident

Williamston officers investigated a Publishers Clearing House phone scam incident on Apr. 9.

According to reports, Teresa Harris, 10 E. Fourth St., Williamston reported she was called by a man with a Jamaica phone number claiming to be with Publishers Clearing House. According to reports he told her she had won $1.5 million dollars and to collect she had to purchase a Green Dot Money pack car worth $499 and when they came to collect it she would get the $1.5 million winnings.

After calling The Journal to report the scam, The Journal advised her to call the police department. Officers went to the residence to wait for the check delivery and while they were waiting, the suspect with a Jamaican sounding voice called and wanted the numbers of the card. After refusing to do so and stating she would not give the card until someone showed up, she asked if the man was scamming her. No one showed up.

Anderson County Sheriff’s Report

Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated the following:

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April 10 – A.C. Guthrie responded to the WalMart at 11410 Anderson Rd. where Keith Reese reported seeing Raven Goodman, BF, 25, 5’7″, 203 pounds, hide several items of clothing in her purse. She then paid for the items in her cart, but not the others, valued at $35. She was taken into custody and transported to ACDC.

April 10 – A.C. Guthrie responded to the WalMart again, this time to find Samantha Wardell, WF, 37, 5’6″, 190 pounds, from Greenville. Wardell cursed, screamed and spat at people, finally spitting on the deputy. She was eventually charged with shoplifting, public disorderly conduct, assault and battery, and malicious injury.

Driver uninjured – Courtney Street

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A West Pelzer firefighter stands by at the scene of a single vehicle accident early Wednesday morning. A vehicle overturned on Courtney Street near Brookview Circle. Pelzer EMS also responded but the driver was uninjured. (Photo by David Rogers)

Shiloh Church Road accident

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AA tow truck operator prepares to load a Ford 500 that was involved in a single vehicle accident on Tuesday evening. The car was traveling west on Shiloh Church Road near Piedmont when it ran off the left side of the roadway and up an embankment. When authorities arrived no one from the vehicle was on the scene. (Photo by David Rogers)

Accident causes power outage

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A trooper along with Piercetown firefighters work at the scene of a single car accident on Alliance Parkway Tuesday night. A car left the roadway and struck a utility pole, breaking it. Power lines fell across the roadway and Alliance Parkway was closed for more than an hour until utility crews arrived. More than a half dozen tractor trailers waited in line trying to get to the Walgreen Distribution Center until the roadway was cleared of the fallen lines. The woman driver and two children were taken by Williamston EMS to an area hospital. (Photo by David Rogers)

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