Category Archives: Anderson County

Cooperation between towns opening door for possibilities

By Stan Welch
As reported in recent issues of The Journal, the neighboring towns of Pelzer and West Pelzer have consolidated both their public works departments, and some of their administrative functions. The public works functions are supervised and directed by West Pelzer’s Michael Mahaffey, with an additional employee assigned to Pelzer.
When the new West Pelzer Municipal Center is occupied, Pelzer Town Clerk Heather Holcombe will have her office there as well as West Pelzer Clerk Paula Payton.

Town of West Pelzer in desirable location

Draft Comprehensive Plan showsBy Stan Welch -The West Pelzer Planning Commission received the draft copy of the town’s comprehensive plan Monday night. Several members of the county planning staff presented the report at the Commission’s meeting.
The county has been assisting the town prepare the plan, as required by state law. That law requires a plan to be prepared every ten years, with incremental five year updates.

Pelzer Citizens workshop Tuesday

The next Pelzer citizens workshop will be held Tuesday, April. 25 at 7 p.m. at the Pelzer Community Building.
The Hwy. 8 Master Plan for Pelzer and West Pelzer will be presented May 2 at 7 p.m. at the Community Building.
Pelzer citizens who would have questions or concerns are invited to attend the meeting and to have discussion with Mayor Steve McGregor and councilmembers in an open forum.

Coal ash trucks to use secondary Hwy. 8 route

Due to South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) work on Cooley Bridge Road, outbound Waste Management trucks hauling coal ash from the Duke Energy W. S Lee Steam Station will be using their designated secondary haul route on Hwy. 8, Duke officials said this week.

Programs offered to help start a new business

By David Meade
The Town of Williamston through Envision Williamston currently has two grant programs available designed to help local businesses or to start a new business in Williamston.
Envision Williamston is currently taking applications for Facade Improvement Grants and a Main Street Challenge.

Around the County . . .

 Anderson County Public Works Department reported teh follwoing projects around Anderson County:
Building and Codes
1. No information at time of report
Development Standards
The Land Use Board of Zoning Appeals met on Thursday April 13, 2017 and approved 15 variances and tabled one variance for 30 days for additional information.

Pelzer Town Council moves forward on consolidation of clerk’s office

By David Meade
During their regular monthly meeting Tuesday, Pelzer Town Council gave their approval for consolidation of the Pelzer and West Pelzer clerks’ offices, approved replacement of problem and unreadable water meters and heard concerns from several citizens.

Consolidation of clerks offices, truck traffic top agenda for West Pelzer

By Stan Welch
West Pelzer Town Council addressed a variety of issues Monday night, ranging from consolidating the Pelzer and West Pelzer town clerks’ offices to taking legal action against the SCDOT to stop trucks from using Highway 8 to pass through town.

Find out more about starting a new business

Biscuits and Business
A complimentary workshop on starting a business will be held from 8 am to 10 am on Tuesday, April 25 at Williamston Town Hall.
Anyone thinking about or planning to start a new business is invited. Coffee and biscuits will be provided.
Ben Smith, Area Manager and Business Development Specialist at the Clemson Area Small Business Development Center will speak on the topic,

Williamston Fire Department aerial ladder truck arrives

The Williamston Fire Department now has an aerial ladder truck. The 2001 truck was purchased from the Patoka Fire Department in Indiana. Though it is used, it has only 16,000 miles on it. The truck will replace a 1998 truck that was purchased new by the Williamston department. Williamston Fire Chief Steve Ellison said the truck will help the town keep their Class 3 insurance rating and possibly move to a Class 2. The truck is needed for large buildings and churches in the town that do not have sprinkler systems, including town hall. Other large buildings the Williamston Fire Department has includes Cushman, Phoenix (old Mount Vernon/Williamston mill) 24 churches, schools, apartments and several strip malls. The aerial truck will help fight fires with additional height and water support, Chief Ellison said. After a good cleaning following the road trip to Williamston Tuesday, members of the department began training on the new truck.

Pelzer Heritage mill cleanup

On Saturday, members of the Pelzer Heritage Commission along with a number of volunteers including Rockey Burgess, Al and Vivian Shufelt, Will Ragland, Bobby Holiday, Lynn and Olene Bear worked tirelessly throughout the day cleaning the grounds of the Pelzer Office Building, cutting grass and brush around the water tank and old parking lot and other general cleanup.

Shiloh Church Road closure postponed

Due to a change in bids for the project, the Anderson County Roads and Bridges Department will postpone closing a portion of Shiloh Church Road near Highway 17 in the Wren community.
Bids for the projects to replace the west bridge near Shiloh Creek Subdivision are due April 27 and closing of the roadway will be announced soon after that.

Williamston recommended for ARC grant

The South Carolina Department of Commerce, Grants Administration has recommended a grant award of $84,500 in Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) funds for the Williamston Downtown Acceleration Program (WDAP).

Palmetto Business Association hosts annual Easter Egg Hunt

The annual Palmetto Business Association (PBA) Easter Egg Hunt was held Saturday in Mineral Spring Park. Pictures are participants in one of the four age groups ready for the next hunt. The event is sponsored by the Palmetto Business Association, Town of Williamston Pastor Bobby Winburn of Restoration Church in Williamston (and PBA) coordinated the event. Cadets of the Palmetto High AFJROTC program and from the Career and Technology Center helped.

PBA Easter Egg Hunt – Go!

Participants in the Palmetto Business Association Easter Egg Hunt make a dash for the nearest candy and eggs during the PBA Easter Egg Hunt held Saturday in Mineral Spring Park. The annual event is free to the public and hosted by area businesses and the Town of Williamston.

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