Williamston recognizes cheerleaders, scarecrow contest winners

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By David Meade
Williamston Town Council recognized Palmetto High School Cheerleaders, presented plaques to Scarecrow Contest winners and heard two requests during their meeting Monday.
Council approved a resolution recognizing the Palmetto High School Cheerleaders, who recently won the AAAA State Championship, and watched a video of their championship performance.
Palmetto has won three state championships in a row, the most recent competing in 4A.
Coach Carol Brooks introduced seniors on the squad and a ninth grader, who has been competing with the squad for the last three years. The ninth grader has earned three state championship rings. The squad has 28 members.
“They are all athletes and hardworking,” Brooks said. “They have already started working in the gym on 2019.”
“They are great kids, athletes and students, well behaved and hard working.”
Several of the seniors will be going to various colleges, according to their coach.
Brooks thanked the town council and the town for the support shown to them. “Any time we ask the town for something, you ask, “what do you need to be successful.”
She added that supporters come to the competitions and welcomed them back to town after winning the championship recently.
“We love and appreciate this community.”
“It was tough. It was not easy,” Coach Brooks said. “They only get one shot during two minutes and thirty seconds. There is a lot of pressure, especially on a seventh grader on the squad.”
In other presentations, Envision Williamston Executive Director Sonya Crandall reported that the town has recently held ribbon cuttings for Vanity Fur, Dollar Tree and Cricket Wireless. A new mural, Mineral Spring Then and Now has been placed at Friendly’s Barber Shop and Envision Williamston has been approved for ATAX funding with Anderson County.
EW Community Engagement and Marketing Committee member Roberta Hamby joined Crandall in presenting awards for the EW Scarecrow Decorating Contest.
Winners were: People’s Choice Award – “Headless Horseman Scarecrow”, Palmetto High, Gregg Davis
Most Whimsical – “Jack Skeleton”, Cashwell, Brittany Butler
Most Creative – “Bring Your Money Back to Life”, Community First Bank, Emily Crawford
Business – 1st “Dog House Employee”, Dog House Café, Eric Hunter/Jennifer Carradno
2nd “Crashing Witches”, Cox and Cole Attorney, Sherri Cole
3rd “Pirates of the Caribbean”, Goodys, Sandy Johnston
Individual/Family – 1st “Photo Booth”- Fall Harvest, I’m From Williamston, Jack Ellenburg
2nd “Charlie Brown – The Great Pumpkin”, Burgess Family, Sandra Burgess
3rd “Motor Cross Scarecrow”, Owens Family, Robbie Owens
Organization/Church/School – 1st “Jesus Loves the Little Children”, Hillcrest Baptist Church, Greg Paige
2nd “Scarecrow w/Minion Pumpkins”, First Baptist Child Care, Megan Patterson
3rd “Roasting S’mores Scarecrow”, Cub Scout Pack 356, Johnny Johnson

Requests –

Johnny Johnson requested use of the park for a campout event for Williamston Cub Scout Pack 356 January 16-18.
Council will vote on the request at their next meeting.
Will Ragland, Executive Director of Mill Town Players requests the town consider contributing $1200 for a new sign in front of the Historic Pelzer Auditorium.
Ragland said the Mill Town Players theater productions bring a lot of people from out of town who eat at restaurants in all three area municipalities. Ragland urged the council to “Consider what we are doing for tourism for the area.”