Category Archives: Surrounding Communities

McBride outlines plan to improve law enforcement

At White Plains Crime WatchBy Stan Welch – Sheriff Chad McBride met with several dozen citizens and members of the White Plains Crime Watch last Thursday and outlined his plan to improve law enforcement, not only in that area, but across the county.
Much of the discussion focused on the issue of the overcrowded jail, and McBride’s proposal to address the problem.

Study indicates possible multiple releases

At Cheddar spill siteBy Stan Welch – The continuing inquiry into the circumstances of a 2014 petroleum spill in the Cheddar area, and its subsequent impacts on the environment has taken a recent twist.
Information obtained by a consulting firm, Aquilogic, Inc. on behalf of the Southern Environmental Law Center, supports the possibility that the 2014 leak in a pipeline owned and operated by the Plantation Pipeline Company (PPC) may have been either a recurring or ongoing spill, and not a defined single event.

Santa Express celebrates 10th year; to collect food donations

Greenville & Western Railway Company, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Western Carolina Railway Service Corporation, will celebrate the tenth year of Santa riding the rails through the area with the “Santa Express” this Saturday, Dec. 10. The Santa Exprees will have their first stop in Belton and will stop in Cheddar, Williamston and Pelzer.

Following Santa’s arrival at each stop, each and every little boy and girl in attendance will have an opportunity to step on board Santa’s caboose and tell Old Saint Nick exactly what they want for Christmas and receive a sweet treat. Santa will also draw tickets at every stop for special gifts from his gift bag before the train departs.

The Santa Express schedule is as follows:

House fire under investigation – Irby Road

Firefighters from three departments battle a house fire Tuesday night on Highway 81 near Irby Road. When Piercetown firefighters arrived two minutes after receiving the call flames were coming from the roof of the home. The occupant had made it out of the burning home. Three and Twenty and West Pelzer firefighters assisted in extinguishing the fire. Pelzer EMS also responded to the call. A fire investigator was called to determine the cause of the blaze. (Photo by David Rogers)

Piercetown voting

Shay Norris is accompanied by her children Kallie 2, Kaiden 6 and Skyla 6 as she votes at the Piercetown Fire Department on Election Day.

Dollar General armed robbery

 Anderson County Sheriff’s Investigators investigating an armed robbery of the Dollar General store at 3309 Pelzer Highway, Easley. The robbery happened Friday night on Highway 8, or Easley Highway, in the Three and Twenty community According to reports the robber brandished a silver handgun and demanded the clerk give him the money from the register. After taking an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect left on the store on foot. No one was hurt and no shots were fired.

Hwy. 20 bridge should reopen soon

Repair work on the Hwy. 20 Connector bridge at U. S. Hwy. 29 has been completed and the bridge is expected to be reopened within the next week or two. A contractor performing patch work on the bridge for the South Carolina Department of Transportation completed the last of three concrete pours on the bridge last week, and pending curing of the concrete and strength testing, the bridge should be open by the second week of August, according to SCDPT spokesperson Michael McKenzie. The contractor will be moving equipment to begin work soon on three other bridges in the area.

Solicitor candidates debate at White Plains

By Stan Welch

The three candidates for Solicitor of the Tenth Judicial Circuit met at the White Plains Community Building Thursday evening for a debate. While the crowd was considerably smaller than the one that attended the Sheriff’s debate last month, the debate was just as lively as the earlier one.

Wilson Burr, who resigned as chief public defender to run for the office, wasted little time in firing a salvo at the other two candidates, Rame Campbell and David Wagner, both of whom  serve as deputy solicitors under Chrissy Adams. Burr drew that distinction clearly, as he persistently raised issues that he has with the current administration.

Two vehicle accident – Hwy. 81

Hopewell firefighters work at the scene of a wreck on Highway 81 on Tuesday night. Two vehicles collided near the intersection of Ashley Road. Medshore Ambulance Service transported three people to AnMed Health. One person had to be cut from the wreckage by firefighters. (Photo by David Rogers)

Forum set for sheriff candidates

At White Plains

The White Plains Neighborhood Crime Watch will host a forum for all three candidates for Anderson County Sheriff on Thursday, April 28 at 6:30 p.m. The forum will be held at the White Plains Community Building at the intersection of Midway Road and Highway 8 near the junction of I-85. Sheriff John Skipper, and challengers Chad McBride and Jeremy Pickens will be on hand.

Driver injured – Five Forks Road Hopewell

One person was injured after the SUV they were driving struck a tree on Five Forks Road Saturday night. Hopewell firefighters and EMS responded to the call. The driver was transported to AnMed Health by EMS. (Photo by David Rogers)

Area projects delayed by weather

By Stan Welch

The wet cold winter has slowed a number of construction projects in the area, including the Powdersville YMCA facility, and the Wren Fire Department Station 24. According to an onsite crew chief at the Y, work has been slowed by the weather, but facility should still open sometime in July as projected. Future forecasts for warmer, drier weather for the next week or so have given cause for optimism. Roebuck Buildings, of Spartanburg, expects to regain lost time and meet the original construction schedule.

Martin Road closure info meeting Feb. 11

Anderson County will host a public informational meeting on Thursday, February 11, 2016 from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Piercetown Fire Department, 5150 Highway 81 N, Williamston. The purpose for the meeting is to inform local residents and affected persons of the upcoming temporary closure of Martin Road for road improvement construction work. As currently scheduled, Martin Road will be temporarily closed between SC 81 and Shackleburg Road beginning March 21st through April 30th. The signed 2-½ mile detour route will be Shackleburg Road (east of Martin Road) and SC 81 (from Shackleburg Road south to Martin Road near the I-85 ramps). Only local traffic (residential, delivery, and construction trucks) will be allowed onto Martin Road (south of Shackleburg Road) during that time.

Information meeting Feb. 11 on closure of Martin Road

Anderson County will host a public informational meeting on Thursday, February 11, 2016 from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Piercetown Fire Department, 5150 Highway 81 N, Williamston to inform local residents and affected persons of the upcoming temporary closure of Martin Road for road improvement construction work.

Construction has begun on the road projects associated with the expansion and relocation of Techtronic Industries Power Equipment facilities near the I-85/SC 81 Interchange. (Pictured is work currently underway at Orange Way) The county secured state and federal funding for the project in December and awarded the contract to S&S Construction of Anderson for $5,193,207.12. The project is anticipated to be completed by June 30, 2016.

Candy Corn Walk Oct. 24 at Cheddar Fire Dept.

The Cheddar Fire Dept. will have a candy corn walk fundraiser on October 24 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

This will be a fundraiser for the fire dept. and is appropriate for all ages. Admission is $3 for non-scary trick-or-treating.

Everyone is invited for great fun, food and candy. The dept. is located at 13715 Hwy. 20, Belton.

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