News Week of Jan. 21, 2015
Don Spruell, (L) first lieutenant with the West Pelzer Fire Department received the highest award given by the Anderson County Fire Protection Commission Monday night. West Pelzer Fire Chief David Huff is Read More »
A fully loaded Williamston Fire Engine was driven across the Gatewood entrance culvert overpass several times while engineers checked for problems Monday morning. Terry Bragg, an engineer with CoTransco, the consulting and Read More »
South Greenville firefighters wait on investigators to finish their investigation at the scene of a fatal accident on Highway 418 at Fork Shoals Road on Sunday night. According to SC Hwy. Patrol, a Kia Read More »
Don Spruell, (L) first lieutenant with the West Pelzer Fire Department received the highest award given by the Anderson County Fire Protection Commission Monday night. West Pelzer Fire Chief David Huff is on the right. The annual county fire chiefs banquet was held at the Civic Center where the award was presented. Spruell was selected Firefighter of the Year at the West Pelzer Department and then nominated for the county award. He was chosen out of five nominees by the Anderson County Fire Chiefs Advisory Board. The award caught Spruell by surprise when his name was called at the dinner. Spruell has thirty nine years with the West Pelzer department. (Photo by David Rogers)
A fully loaded Williamston Fire Engine was driven across the Gatewood entrance culvert overpass several times while engineers checked for problems Monday morning.
Terry Bragg, an engineer with CoTransco, the consulting and program management firm recently hired by the ACTC inspected the roadway as the fire truck was driven across the culvert overpass. Bragg said there was no indication of stress weakness shown during the test.
Williamston Fire Chief Steve Ellison said the fire truck weighs approximately 32,000 pounds and has an additional 8000 pounds of water.
South Greenville firefighters wait on investigators to finish their investigation at the scene of a fatal accident on Highway 418 at Fork Shoals Road on Sunday night. According to SC Hwy. Patrol, a Kia minivan apparently crossed the center line and struck an 18 wheeler. The van was then knocked into an oncoming SUV. A man in the van was ejected and run over by another vehcile.
The Greenville County Coroner’s office said the driver of the van, identified as 69 year old William Gentry of Piedmont,died at the scene. The driver of the SUV was transported by Greenville County EMS to Greenville Memorial Hospital with unknown injuries. (Photo by David Rogers)
According to troopers the driver of a KIA minivan crossed into on-coming traffic and hit a tractor trailer. Troopers said the van then hit a SUV head-on and the driver was ejected from the van and then run over by a pick-up truck. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
Anderson County Sheriff’s investigators have located and arrested Cassidy Shane Lewis, WM, 33, and Cassie Nicole Summerall, WF, 29, in connection with the Thanksgiving burglary on Brookside Lane in Piedmont.
While the victim and his family were out of town for the Thanksgiving holiday, Lewis and Summerall allegedly broke into the residence and stole goods valued at over $23,000; including firearms, cameras, computer equipment and jewelry.
Based on information obtained during the investigation, a search warrant was procured and served on the suspects’ residence on Market Street in Williamston. Numerous items of the stolen property were recovered. Summerall was arrested on January 14 near a relative’s home in Pelzer. Her bond has been denied. Lewis was located in Greenville County and taken into custody yesterday evening, with the aid of the US Marshal Service. He has not yet gone before the Magistrate who will set bond.
A hold has also been placed on Lewis by the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office for pending Assault & Battery charges in their jurisdiction.
Sheriff John Skipper said, “Investigators did an excellent job in this case. Not only were Lewis and Summerall pawning items stolen during the burglary, they were also in the process of opening several new credit card accounts using the victims’ identity. Investigators were able to stop them before the cards were activated.”
West Pelzer firefighters work at the scene of a two vehicle accident on Beaverdam Road on Wednesday night. A trailer being pulled by a pickup truck was struck by a small sports car as the truck and trailer attempted to cross Beaverdam Road from McAlister Road into a parking lot. Neither driver was injured but were checked out by Williamston EMS. (Photo by David Rogers)
Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement he stood for was remembered and commemorated across the country over a long weekend that extended into Monday with programs and speakers. A King Day at the Dome rally was held at the State House in Columbia and closer to home a celebration was held at the Civic Center of Anderson. Williamston held their first MLK Breakfast event Saturday.
The MLK holiday is a federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around King’s birthday, January 15. The floating holiday is similar to holidays set under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act.
By Stan Welch
As the result of a decision by Duke Energy to change the Lee Steam Plant from coal to gas fired turbines in order to generate electricity, Williamston is on the threshold of a major economic boom.
More than five hundred construction workers will be involved in the modifications, which are expected to cost approximately a half billion dollars. Upstate and global construction giant Fluor has been awarded the construction contract and will be in charge of awarding subcontracts as needed.
A separate but concurrent coal ash disposal project will add another hundred million dollars to the total cost of the projects. Duke spokesman Ryan Mosier said that the ash disposal project will start this spring, with the combined cycle construction project slated for a summer kickoff.
By David Meade
The Pelzer Heritage Commission is partnering with Anderson County on a neighborhood blight elimination initiative program.
According to Anderson County Community Planner and grant writer Steve Newton, Anderson County is in the process of applying for a grant through the SC Housing Office, which makes funds available to acquire property with substandard residential housing and to tear it down.
The county is applying for the grant but must partner with a non profit on the project, Newton said. If the grant is approved, funds will be used in conjunction with funds the county has for blight elimination.
Mill Town Players
The Mill Town Players will hold auditions on Saturday, Jan 31, at 12pm in the Pelzer Auditorium for their next production, Treasure Island.
Treasure Island is an original adaptation by Jay Briggs who will also direct the play. Bill Munoz will serve as fight choreographer. The play will feature six actors who play all the roles. The Mill Town Players are looking for the cast of six with ages ranging from older teen to adult. Auditions will consist of readings from the script. Greenville stage veteran Brock Koonce will play Long John Silver.
Treasure Island will have ten public performances during the period April 24-May 9.
On January 30th at the home basketball game against Greenville the Woodmont High School Athletic Hall of Fame will be honoring the 2nd class in their Athletic Hall of Fame. The five inductees in this year’s class (Class of 2015) are Sherry Carter, Sam Perry, Donald Crowe, Kristi Kerns Farmer and Gary Moon.
During halftime of the girl’s game, players from the Woodmont girls basketball conference champs for 1977, 1979 and 1980 will be introduced.
The 2014 Hall of Fame Class will be introduced between the girls and boys game at 7:15 p.m. Former Woodmont and Clemson University standout Sam Perry will have his jersey retired during halftime of the boys game.
Greenville County Schools and the South Carolina School Boards Association are celebrating School Board Recognition Month in January. Greenville’s 12 School Board members, along with more than 600 locally elected and appointed school board members throughout the state are being recognized for their service and dedication to public education.
By Stan Welch
The Anderson County Council spent much of its Tuesday night meeting seeking and receiving information about possible future actions.
Larry Finney, of Finney and Greene, a firm that has served as the county’s auditor in past years, gave a presentation on zero based budgeting (ZBB); an approach that begins each budget process with a blank slate and works through various scenarios to create a budget based on needs and priorities.
The following information is from public works updates from Anderson County. This information applies largely to the readership area for The Journal.
Building and Codes
· Met with the Project Manager out at the Buckland/Rivendell Subdivision to review what is in place to control run-off from the properties they are grading for building. Additional silt-fencing has been installed in various locations including the area that prompted the last complaint. No mud was in the road at the time of this inspection. The Project Manager also mentioned they routinely have a road cleaner/sweeper come to the subdivision on an as needed bases and they will continue to have this done. They also have a company that does weekly inspections/reports to make sure they are in compliance with their NPDES Permits issued by DHEC. We will continue to monitor this issue.
Williamston Police Officers investigated several thefts from area homes and businesses with forced entry. A golf cart and a vehicle were also stolen.
Among incidents investigated were: Jan. 19 – Joshua Blake Taylor, 32, 611 Williams St., Williamston reported someone broke into a storage buidling and stole tools valued at $1150. A 12 inch miter saw, Craftsman tools and orange backpack blower were reported missing. S. N. Robison investigated.