Category Archives: Cheddar-Whitefield

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:

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.

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.

Whitefield Baptist sponsors fireworks show

Whitefield Baptist Church held their annual Fourth of July fireworks show Sunday night. Several hundred people turned out for the annual event.  If you missed the Whitefield Baptist fireworks, or just want to see more, the Town of Williamston will host their annual Freedom Celebration and Fireworks event on Friday July 3 with music, food, a cruise-in and fireworks show beginning at 4 p.m. (Photo by David Rogers)

Old, new issues raise concerns in Big Creek Road, Cheddar area

By David Meade

A community meeting held at Cedar Grove Elementary School Tuesday evening provided a lot of information and concerns, some old and some new for residents of the Cheddar community.

Anderson County Council District Seven representative Cindy Wilson and community watchdog Teresa Morgan moderated most of the discusssion. They were accompanied by a variety of County officials who spoke during the two hour meeting.

Topics covered included safety and other issues involving tanker trucks, trash trucks, the landfill, coal ash removal, policing and crimewatch, and a recent leak in the gas pipeline that runs through the area.

Global Warming hits Cheddar, SC

According to many politicians and some scientists, the effects of “Global Warming” or the new term, “Climate Change” can be seen in many places. Truman Ellison of the Cheddar community said that evidence of “Global Warming” could be seen in Cheddar recently as below freezing temperatures produced this “ice farm”. Ellison puts up a sprinkler from an old well on this property each year when the weather allows temperatures to drop enough to support his “ice farm”. Many people and other scientists would probably call this the effects of winter weather. (Photo by Sandra Edens)

Settlement being negotiated in closing of Lewis Drive

By Stan Welch

Tuesday night’s Anderson County Council meeting marked a rather unhappy anniversary for some, namely that of the awarding of former county administrator Joey Preston with a $1.2 million severance package exactly six years earlier. That action, which has resulted in years of litigation and hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal expenses, was the most significant action taken by the 2008 County Council, but it was certainly not the only one that resulted in a long drawn out legal battle.

On the anniversary of one momentous act by the Council, a much different Council voted to accept a settlement of a case that has lasted even longer. The closing of Lewis Drive in the Cheddar community in 2008 was bitterly opposed by the area’s residents, who argued that access to the area by emergency responders, as well as school buses, would be impacted.

Dunk a police chief for a good cause

At Cedar Grove Elem. Fall Festival

By Stan Welch

Come on, admit it. Everybody has had an experience with a police officer that they remember less than fondly. Maybe it was a speeding ticket, or making a turn without a signal; or maybe it was the always popular Carolina rolling stop at the four way intersection.

Whatever it was, a little good spirited, charitable revenge would be nice, wouldn’t it? Well, on October 23, at the Cedar Grove Elementary School Fall Festival, two local police chiefs will be sitting on a seat above a tank of water, waiting to be dunked for a good cause.

Chief Mike Clardy of West Pelzer and Chief Tony Taylor, of Williamston, will be available for dunking it your eye is sharp and your arm is strong. For a donation, you can try your luck.

Community Emergency Response Team holds training in Cheddar community

The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and the Volunteer Mounted Search and Rescue Team (MSaR) participated in a mock search and rescue on Sunday at the intersection of Willingham Road and Bell Road in the Cheddar community.

Thirty volunteers from both teams arrived on location at approximately 2:30 pm Sunday after receiving an emergency call-out for three missing persons. A command tent was set up where volunteers checked in and received their instructions and an update on the missing persons.

Toney Creek bridge work planned

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) plans to replace the bridge on S-116 over Toney Creek in Anderson County. This bridge is to be replaced in-house with maintenance forces. SCDOT plans to begin work on July 14, 2014. Pending any delays due to weather conditions, fabricator delays, etc., the new bridge is expected to re-open to traffic by October 10.

What’s up with the water?

The question of the week is why does the water taste funny?

It has been described as earthy, musty or tasting like wood and though the smell and taste isn’t pleasant, officials of the Anderson Regional Joint Water System say the water is safe to drink.

According to a spokesperson with ARJWS, the problem is blue-green algae in Lake Hartwell, where the water system pulls water that supplies 15 water systems in Anderson and Pickens Counties.

The algae are caused by a long drought the area experienced followed by a period of heavy rainfall. After experiencing a period of drought, Anderson County had the second-highest rainfall on record during 2013. As a result, the lake is “nutrient rich,” with vegetation and treees along the banks and other exposed areas when the lake level is low, which are now underwater.

Car hits tree

Whitefield firefighters look for safety hazards after a car struck a tree Monday evening. The accident happened at the intersection of Hillcrest Drive and Breazeale Drive. The two occupants of the car were not seriously injured. (Photo by David Rogers)

Mobile Home Fire – Willingham Road

Firefighters from three area fire departments responded to a structure fire on Willingham Road around 6 a.m. Thursday morning.  Officials believe a clothes dryer was the cause of the fire which destroyed the home.

Two seriously injured – Willingham Road

Two people were seriously injured in an accident on Willingham Road at approximately 4 p.m. Tuesday. According to officials a male and female were in the vehicle when it ran off the right side of the road, struck a concrete culvert, overturned and burst into flames. The man who’s house the accident happened in front of and a woman who was driving by, helped pull David Visoso, 18, of Belton from the vehicle.

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