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Single vehicle accident – Hwy. 20

Cheddar firefighters await troopers at the scene of a single vehicle accident on Saturday morning on Highway 20. A vehicle ran off the roadway and overturned. The driver was checked at the Read More »

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Woman cut from wreckage – Old Williamston Road

One person was injured in an accident on Old Williamston Road near Brooks Road on Tuesday afternoon. It is unclear but two vehicles may have been involved. A woman had to be Read More »

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Two entrapped in single vehicle accident – Iller Street, Piedmont

Piedmont firefighters along with Pelzer EMS personnel work to free the second person after a single vehicle accident on Iller  Street on Sunday morning. The vehicle ran off the road and overturned. Read More »

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Motorcycle chase ends in Powdersville

A motorcycle chase that began in Liberty on Saturday afternoon came to a stop in Powdersville. The cyclist failed to negotiate a curve at the intersection of Three Bridges Road and Mt. Read More »

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Five injured in two vehicle accident – I85

Hopewell firefighters and Medshore Ambulance Service personnel work at the scene of an accident on Friday night. Two vehicles collided on I-85 south of Highway 81 causing both vehicles to overturn. Five Read More »

Anderson County Council authorizes loan for mill site cleanups

Authorizes restrictions on three roads

By Stan Welch

During their meeting Tuesday, Anderson County Council approved an ordinance which will allow the elections commission to conduct the municipal elections of the town of Pelzer in odd numbered years. Council also authorized the County to obtain a loan from the Catawba Council of Governments to be used in cleanup efforts at the Toxaway and Pelzer mill sites.

First reading approval was given to a proposed ordinance sponsored by Councilwoman Wilson to restrict heavy trucks from Hopewell, Cheddar and Breazeale roads. A public hearing of the matter will be conducted at the next Council meeting.

There seemed to be little, if any, thawing Tuesday night of the frosty atmosphere that prevailed at the last Council meeting.

Duncan speaks to First Monday

Expecting indictment for Hillary

Congressman Jeff Duncan was in town this week, and he spoke to The First Monday Club. He offered his views on a number of topics, but his most startling revelation concerned the possible Democratic candidate for President.

“From what I am hearing, and what I know, I don’t expect Hillary Clinton to make it to the Democratic Convention without being indicted,” he told a capacity crowd. Clinton continues to be under investigation by the FBI for her handling of classified materials contained in e-mails which she stored on a non-secure server.

Williamston Police Report

Williamston Police Officers investigated the following incidents:

Apr. 26 – Linda Y Perry, 66, 103 Lee St., Williamston reported a mailbox valued at $150 missing. S. Robison investigated.

Apr. 26 – Kayla Brooke Lollis, 25, 205 Longshore Dr., Belton reported a vaporized cigarette valued at $200 missing after laying it down to help an older woman put heavy wet items into a dryer. the incident occurred at 14 Greenville Dr. Williamston. Class 3 B. Peterson investigated.

Anderson County Sheriff’s Report

Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated the following incidents over the last two week period:

PELZER

April 29 – C.L. Wilkinson responded to 126 Whippoorwill Lane where Shirley Smith reported that someone had entered her home while she was away and had moved several pieces of furniture around. She could not confirm the loss of anything. A couple of hours later, Deputy D. McQueen was dispatched to 128 Whippoorwill Court where Brian Smith reported that someone had also entered his home as well as a shed in the yard. He too could not confirm any theft.

Single vehicle accident – Hwy. 20

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Cheddar firefighters await troopers at the scene of a single vehicle accident on Saturday morning on Highway 20. A vehicle ran off the roadway and overturned. The driver was checked at the scene by EMS. (Photo by David Rogers)

Obituaries Week of May 4, 2016

YVONNE ESKEW, FRANK L. JONES JR., TOMMY COOLEY, JESSE WALLACE JR., ROBERT VINCENT DOLL SR., JOE EATON, JOAN CANDLER, JESSALENE WATSON, 

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Woman cut from wreckage – Old Williamston Road

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One person was injured in an accident on Old Williamston Road near Brooks Road on Tuesday afternoon. It is unclear but two vehicles may have been involved. A woman had to be cut from the wreckage of her vehicle by Whitefield firefighters. She was pinned inside the wreckage for about half an hour. She was rushed to an area hospital by EMS. Old Williamston Road was closed for about an hour as emergency personnel worked. (Photo by David Rogers)

Two entrapped in single vehicle accident – Iller Street, Piedmont

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Piedmont firefighters along with Pelzer EMS personnel work to free the second person after a single vehicle accident on Iller  Street on Sunday morning. The vehicle ran off the road and overturned. One person was freed through the windshield, the other had to be cut from the wreckage. (Photo by David Rogers)

Motorcycle chase ends in Powdersville

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A motorcycle chase that began in Liberty on Saturday afternoon came to a stop in Powdersville. The cyclist failed to negotiate a curve at the intersection of Three Bridges Road and Mt. Airy Church Road. After laying the bike down the suspect fled on foot but was quickly apprehended by authorities. (Photo by David Rogers)

Five injured in two vehicle accident – I85

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Hopewell firefighters and Medshore Ambulance Service personnel work at the scene of an accident on Friday night. Two vehicles collided on I-85 south of Highway 81 causing both vehicles to overturn. Five people were taken to an area hospital. Their injuries were not life threatening. (Photo by David Rogers)

Truck fire – Garren Road

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Cheddar firefighters prepare to extinguish a pickup truck fire on Friday evening. When firefighters arrived at the Garren Road scene the truck was fully involved. No one was injured in the blaze. (Photo by David Rogers)

 

Sheriff’s Debate draws large crowd

By Stan Welch

Approximately a hundred citizens and law enforcement officers gathered at the White Plains Community Building Thursday night to watch and listen as Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper made his case for reelection, while two challengers made their case for a change in leadership. The debate was organized and sponsored by the White Plains Crime Watch group.

Since there is no Democratic opposition in the general election, the Republican primary will determine who the next sheriff will be.

Former ACSO deputy under three sheriffs, including Skipper, Chad McBride repeatedly challenged the incumbent’s handling of his budget, while former SCHP trooper Jeremy Pickens challenged the sheriff’s management style, and linked it to what he says is a subpar performance by the department.

Budget clarification – no tax increase being proposed

Clarification – Williamston Mayor Mack Durham said Thursday the town’s proposed budget at this time does not include a tax increase. During a budget work shop held Tuesday, Williamston Town Council members and department heads previewed the town’s 2016-17 budget.

As reported in this week’s Journal, there was some discussion about a tax increase as well as possible increases in the water/sewer rate and other fees. During the discussion, Councilman Rockey Burgess brought up that the town had not had a tax increase in a number of years but there was no specific discussion about raising taxes.

Mayor Durham told The Journal Thursday that the draft budget does not require a tax increase and he is not proposing one. The proposed budget that will be presented to Town Council for first reading Monday is a balanced budget with revenues of $2,947,373 and expenses of $2,947,373.

Farmfest to celebrate local farmers products

Opening event for farmers market

Farmfest, a celebration of local farmers, will be held in Mineral Spring Park this Saturday, April 30th, from 9AM – 1PM. The event will feature farm related displays and local products as well as entertainment and educational sessions.

The event will feature bluegrass music with Jack Ellenburg, Nancy Carroll, and friends. Jody McFarlin of Rock Farms has arranged a display of antique tractors. Free garden activity books from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds will be given to the first 100 children.

Pelzer council grapples with providing services for a new town

By Stan Welch

The Pelzer Town Council continues to work and struggle with the task of expanding the town’s services to an additional five hundred or so citizens. In a work shop held Tuesday night, several issues, including the possible fate of the town’s recreation and athletic programs, were discussed.

The meeting began with the members of Council establishing a timetable for achieving certain goals set in previous planning sessions. The deadline set to have a plan to establish a police department was August 1. That date was also set for the deadline to have a plan for the use of the old hospital building.

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