Category Archives: Powdersville

Population Update report reflects growth in Powdersville

By Stan Welch
As reported in a recent issue of The Journal, Anderson County has undertaken a project that will allow a more frequent and timely update on the county’s population growth, both in terms of sheer numbers, and in terms of demographics.
The Anderson County Population Update (ACPU) is designed to provide more topical information to be used in planning efforts. U.S. Census information is gathered only every ten years and usually takes more than a year to be compiled and subsequently released to the public.

Public invited for input on Northeast County Plan

Anderson County District Six Councilman Ken Waters will host a public meeting on Monday, February 13 at the Powdersville Library to begin the process of formulating the Northeast County Area Plan (NECAP).

Public invited for input on Northeast County Plan

For Powdersville AreaBy Stan Welch
District Six Councilman Ken Waters will host a public meeting on Monday, February 13 at the Powdersville Library to begin the process of formulating the Northeast County Area Plan (NECAP).
The meeting is a reflection of the extraordinary rate of growth in that part of the county, a rate that County Planning Director Michael Forman says requires additional effort and preparation.

SCDOT looking at I-85 corridor management

By Stan Welch

Armed with maps and videos and story boards, a squad of SCDOT personnel set up shop at the Powdersville High School Tuesday afternoon, seeking public input on their concerns with current traffic conditions and operations along I-85, as well as their suggestions for improvement.

The phase of seeking public information is an expansion of a previous traffic study along White Horse Road in Greenville County. Rocque Kneece, one of several engineers on hand, said that the original study was very productive and helpful, leading to DOT’s decision to expand it to the stretch of interstate in Greenville and Anderson counties. Thus, the I-85 Corridor Management Plan is being born.

Powdersville – Palmetto Bands at Piedmont Christmas Parade

Powdersville Boys Cross Country State Champions

The Powdersville Boys Cross Country Team made history by becoming the school’s first athletic team to win a state championship. They won the 3A Cross Country Title on Saturday at the State Cross Country Meet held at the Sandhill Station in Columbia. Team members are from left: front – Jordan Parish, Jacob Moore, Mason Parish, Connor Vaughn. Back – Coach Libby Holliday, Francisco Del Valle, Cameron Matthews, Josh Moore, Brendan McManamon, Noah Brock, and Kollin Campbell. (Photo by Mike Gowan)

Prince crowned Powdersville Homecoming Queen

Madison Prince is crowned Powdersville’s 2016 Homecoming Queen by 2015 Homecoming Queen Jade Richard on Friday night during ceremonies at halftime of the game against Carolina Academy. (Photo by Michael Lollis/

Lack of funding, security closes Dolly Cooper Park – For now

By Stan Welch

Following the defeat of the proposed hospitality tax, the Dolly Cooper Park in Powdersville has been closed, at least temporarily. District Six Councilman Ken Waters, who sponsored the tax proposal, told The Journal that the failure of the Council to pass the tax had left him with no more ideas to fund the further development of the forty or so acres along the banks of the Saluda River.

Drainage problems, cost delay sidewalk project

Powdersville schools area

By Stan Welch – Unexpected drainage problems have delayed a sidewalk construction project in the vicinity of the three Powdersville schools. The project, which would install just under a half mile (2500 linear feet) of ADA compliant sidewalks in the Ragsdale and Hood Roads area, ran off the rails, at least temporarily; when major drainage issues caused SCDOT to raise their estimated cost from $250,000 to $650,000

School District One had set aside fifty thousand dollars for its matching funds, but the new estimates killed the momentum. A smaller, separate project along Highway 81 has been completed. The Ragsdale project is on hold while funding possibilities are explored. The school district is currently unable to assume the additional amount of the matching funds.

Powdersville Teen wins national competition

Distinguished Young Woman of America contest

 By Stan Welch – For the first time in fifty nine years, a South Carolina teenager has won the national competition for the Distinguished Young Woman of America contest. Tara Moore, of Powdersville, representing the state, won first place in the competition, formerly known as America’s Junior Miss. The competition was founded in 1958 in Mobile Alabama, where it is still held annually.

Smoke tests planned for Powdersville area

Anderson County Wastewater will be conducting a smoke test on sewer lines throughout the Powdersville area June 7 through June10 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. During the test, smoke may escape from sewer lines, service lines and plumbing roof vents on structures. The smoke is harmless, and is being applied as preventative maintenance, county Wastewater officials said. Smoke testing will be on the following streets:

Powdersville High Class of 2016

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.

Miracle Hill Ministries to break ground April 5

On new Powdersville location

Miracle Hill Ministries will hold a groundbreaking ceremony on its latest thrift store location on Tuesday, April 5, at 10:00am at the intersection of 3 Bridges Road and Highway 153 in Powdersville. The ceremony will be a time of celebration for the organization as it expands through opening a ninth thrift store in Fall 2016 to help support the operations of Miracle Hill’s nine facilities and other programs for adults and children.

Animal causes power outage

Approximately 4,000 customers in the Powdersville area lost power this morning (Tuesday) after an animal “interacted” with electrical equipment, according to Duke Energy. Duke Energy’s Online Outage Map showed 3,956 customers were without power in the Powdersville area earlier today. Traffic signals in the area of Hwy. 153 and surrounding roads were also not working due to the outage. Concrete Primary, Powdersville Elementary and Powdersville Middle School dismissed early and many businesses and restaurants were closed.

According to a Duke Energy, “The outage is at a substation and was caused by an animal interacting with our equipment, which caused downstream impacts to the transformer system. We are assessing what if any damage has occurred and working to restore the equipment to service. We expect this to be complete by late afternoon. We will be working in the interim to switch as many customers as we can to different circuits in order to restore their service. We do know that several schools are impacted and are working to restore those facilities as well.”

Duke expected to have power restored in the area by 4 p.m. No details were provided on what type animal caused the problem.

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