Category Archives: Anderson County

Pelzer considering moving town clerk’s office

By David Meade
Members of Pelzer Town Council and West Pelzer Town Council held a joint special called meeting Monday at the Pelzer Community Building to discuss and vote on a resolution to consolidate municipal clerks offices of the two towns.
They also addressed security for council meetings.
Both moves are a continuing effort of cooperation between the two towns and looking into ways to save money and better serve residents and businesses.

US Highway 29 improvements scheduled over next two years

By Stan Welch
The future of Highway 29 North was made clear to the Anderson County Council Tuesday night, as several SCDOT representatives provided an update on various aspects of the plans for the highway.
Chris Jordan explained that there are four sites of interest along the highway, which skirts the Williamston area. The most recent in a continuing series of collisions with the SC Highway 20 overpass made that site ground zero for emergency repairs that have also provided some temporary relief for the low overpass which led to so many accidents.

Palmetto Business Association to expand Party in the Park to ticketed event

During their meeting Tuesday, members of the Palmetto Business Association (PBA) discussed plans for several upcoming events and gave their consent for the organization to move forward on a proposal to expand their Party in the Park event.
The organization is partnering with a professional event promoter to expand to be a ticketed event featuring a mid-stream name entertainer, according to PBA President Blake Sanders.

Piedmont Fire Department Ladder Truck now in service

By Stan Welch
The Piedmont Fire Department is proud owner of a seventy foot ladder truck. The 1998 Sutphen Quint unit was obtained from the City of Greenville Fire Department, which removed it from service in keeping with their policy of replacing all equipment after twenty years, regardless of its condition.
The truck was obtained for ten thousand dollars and has had an additional forty thousand dollars in reconditioning and repairs done to it since.

Williamston projects to include sidewalks

By Stan Welch
Mayor Mack Durham will meet with town officials and representatives of the South Carolina Department of Transportation at the end of the month. The meeting is a pre-construction conference concerning the sidewalk project for Minor Street.
Durham is hopeful that DOT’s portion of the project can be completed in time to allow the town to apply for grant funds for the proposed sidewalk project for Greenville Drive.

Envision Williamston announces two new projects

Envision Williamston Executive Director Sonya Crandall announced recently that the program is launching two new projects to encourage beautification, growth and economic development in the town.

Shiloh Church Road to close for bridge work

The County’s Roads and Bridges Department will close a portion of Shiloh Church Road near Highway 17 in the Wren community on Tuesday, April 4, to replace the west bridge near Shiloh Creek Subdivision.
The roadway will be closed between Highway 17 and Cane Hill Drive C-01-0307 for approximately one year.

Palmetto Business Association Easter Egg Hunt April 8

The Palmetto Business Association (PBA) will hold their annual Easter Egg Hunt for ages 10 and under Saturday, April 8 in Williamston’s Mineral Spring Park. Rain date for the event will be the following Saturday, Apr. 15 . Ages and time schedules are as

Palmetto Business Association to hold Sporting Clay Tournament

The Palmetto Business Association (PBA) will hold their 3rd annual sporting Clay tournament on Friday, April 22 beginning at 9 a.m. at the Belton Gun Club.
Entry fee is $80 per person or $320 for a four person team.
Entry fee includes clay targets, breakfast and lunch. Drinks and snacks will also be provided.

Absentee voting open for Senate District 3 primary

In-person absentee voting is now underway in Anderson County for the Senate District 3 Republican Primary.
Registered voters, who qualify, and need to cast an absentee ballot can weekdays during the hours of 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Around the County . . .

Anderson County Public Works Department reported the following projects underway around Anderson County:

Building and Codes
Phase II of our Substandard Housing Demolition Plan has been awarded to Wilma’s Pump & Tank Company. This includes 4 Substandard Structures located at: 1) 103 Cassandra Turn, 2) 124 Oakdale Road, 3) 2926 Chambers Road 4) 3018 South Main Street. We continue to make progress in cleaning up these dilapidated structures thanks to County Council

West Pelzer assumes public works services for Pelzer

By Stan Welch
A proposed merger of the Pelzer and West Pelzer public works departments that was triggered by the departure of Pelzer public works director Brad West earlier this year is a done deal, according to West Pelzer Mayor Blake Sanders.
Mayor Sanders announced to his Council Monday night that the transfer has been accomplished and that a third employee, Steven Eudi, of Pelzer, has been hired. Eudi will essentially perform his duties in Pelzer, unless additional manpower or resources are needed. By the same token, Eudi will be available in West Pelzer if needed. He will begin work on March 27th.

Pelzer hears reports on merged public works department, law enforcement

By David Meade
Pelzer Town Council received information from the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, heard suggestions for an intergovernmental agreement with West Pelzer for services and heard their first report on the operations of the public works department which recently merged with West Pelzer.
West Pelzer assumed the operation and maintenance of Pelzer’s water and sewer system about a month ago under an agreement that combined the two departments.

West Pelzer policy to allow vehicles be driven home

By Stan Welch
The West Pelzer Town Council met Monday night, addressing several issues. During a discussion of the proposed policy allowing town employees, including police, to take official vehicles home, Mayor Blake Sanders announced that the town has formally assumed control and operation of Pelzer’s public works department. He added that a third employee, Steven Eudi, of Pelzer has been hired and will begin work later this month.

Overcrowding, other problems plague aging county jail

Study to look at problems, remedies By Stan Welch
– Efforts by Anderson County Sheriff Chad McBride and Anderson County Council to address fifteen years of serious overcrowding at the Anderson County Detention Center (ACDC) continue, as the Sheriff has contacted the U.S.

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