Category Archives: Piedmont

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.

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.

Piedmont Fire Department training on ladder truck

By Stan Welch
Matters continue to move smoothly with the Piedmont Public Service Commission as they enter the new year. Incumbent commissioners Lib Pack and Rudy Rhodes were sworn in at the January meeting, after having faced no opposition in the general election.

Grand Marshal Piedmont Christmas Parade

Rachel Wyatt, 1st Runner Up Miss America and 2016 Miss South Carolina was Grand Marshal of the 2016 Piedmont Christmas Parade Saturday.

Woodmont High Band at Piedmont Christmas Parade

Cub Scouts at Piedmont Christmas Parade

Christmas Parade Day!

The 2016 Piedmont Christmas parade will be held today, (Dec. 10) beginning at 11 am. Grand Marshal will be Miss America 1st Runner Up Rachel Wyatt. The Williamston Christmas Parade will be held Saturday, at 3 p.m. The theme will be “Keep Christ in Christmas”. The parade will begin at the traffic light at Hamilton St. and Greenville Dr. and will end at Calvary Baptist Church.

Piedmont Parade Saturday

The 2016 Piedmont Christmas parade will be held this Saturday, December 10th at 11 am. Grand Marshal will be Rachel Wyatt, 1st Runner Up in the recent Miss America Pageant and 2016 Miss South Carolina.

Wyatt, from Piedmont, is a graduate of Wren High School and attends Clemson University. Wyatt was also Miss SC Teen and Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2013. She competed in the Miss America Pageant September 11, 2016 in Atlantic City as Miss South Carolina where she was named First Runner Up. Her platform is Enriching the Lives of Special Needs Adults.

Wren Homecoming court

Wren held homecoming during halftime ceremonies last Thursday against Eastside. The Homecoming court included: Savannah Burkett, Bethany Gibson, Karli Morris, Macy Smith, Brayden Trammell, Bailey Wood, Adrienne Santos, Carley McKinney, Savannah Huff, Reagan Fleming, LeAnne Davison, Krista Gordon, Bailey Hayne, and 2015 Wren Homecoming Queen Carrie Moore. (Photo by Michael Lollis/

Piedmont Fire Dept. readies ladder truck

By Stan Welch

The Piedmont Public Service Commission met briefly Monday night, quickly running through the various department reports before adjourning. At their meeting held in June, Commissioners dealt with the district’s financial matters.

Prior to giving unanimous third reading approval to the 2016-2017 budget, the Commission voted to fully fund the cost associated with the post employment benefits the district provides. Each year, the commission has to decide the extent to which they will fund the program.

Miss Clemson Rachel Wyatt crowned Miss South Carolina

Rachel Wyatt of Piedmont, competing as Miss Clemson, was crowned Miss South Carolina Saturday night in Columbia. The 21-year-old is a graduate of Wren High School and attends Clemson University. She performed a jazz dance in the talent competition Saturday night. Wyatt was also Miss SC Teen and Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2013. She will compete in the Miss America Pageant September 11, 2016 in Atlantic City. Her platform is Enriching the Lives of Special Needs Adults.

Miss-Anderson-County-TeenresBrooklyn Brewster of Williamston won the Miss SC Teen Talent preliminary last Tuesday with a baton routine. Competing as Miss Anderson County Teen, she finished in the top 10 out of 62 contestants in the Miss SC Teen pageant. Brewester was also awarded the Duke of Edinburgh award, Presidential Service Award, and Preliminary talent award winner with a $500 savings bond. Brewster attends Palmetto High School and is a featured twirler for the Palmetto High Marching Regiment band. She was also named Miss Sophmore at Palmetto. Brooklyn is the daughter of Lisa Brewster of Williamston. Grandparents Larry and Joyce Coker of Pelzer.

Coke Distribution facility to hold grand opening – Piedmont

Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated will open a new chapter in its 114-year history in South Carolina by celebrating the grand opening of its new Regional Sales and Distribution Center in Anderson County. On June 23, elected officials, key customers, and community leaders will join Coca-Cola Consolidated at an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony at the company’s new 150,000 square foot sales and distribution facility on Highway 86 in Piedmont.

Saluda River Rally being held this weekend

The Seventh Annual Saluda River Rally is set for this weekend, June 4th and 5th at the Dolly Cooper Sports Complex in Powdersville. The two-day event is free and will feature a series of paddle trips for kayaks, canoes and tubes, as well as bluegrass music, outdoor exhibits and food vendors. Camping is also available for the event.

Saturday, June 4 events are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday’s is set from 1 – 4 p.m. Sunday’s Rally Wrap Up event will also include a free BBQ supper at the Saluda River Grill from 4-7 p.m.

Textile Sports Reunion held in Piedmont Saturday

The Textile Sports Reunion was held Saturday at the Piedmont Gym and Community Center on Saturday, April 2. Attendees listened to the Textile Heritage Band perform on stage. The event included speakers, sports memorabilia displays and exhibitors including the Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum, Greenville Drive Baseball, Ron Norris’ Greenville Bat Company Collection, Upcountry History Museum. A baseball card collection included Shoeless Joe Jackson and other famous players including Mickey Mantle, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Ted Williams, Jackie Robinson, Yogi Berra and other Major Leaguers. (Photo by Michael Lollis)

Textile Sports Reunion Saturday in Piedmont

The annual Textile Sports Reunion will be held April 2, 2016 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Piedmont Gym and Community Center, 3 Main St., Piedmont. The event will feature speakers, former players, sports memorabilia display and exhibitors and a performance by the Greenville Textile Heritage Band.

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