Category Archives: Piercetown – Hopewell

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.

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)

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)

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.

Slabtown Convenience Center now officially open

By Stan Welch

The northern end of Anderson County now has a new, modern, and spacious convenience center. The cramped, dangerous facility on Three and Twenty Road is no longer in use. The new Slabtown facility opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony last Thursday. Located on Pickens Road, which runs off of Highway 88 alongside the Slabtown convenience store, the new facility accepts a wide array of recyclables, as well as several automotive waste products, like antifreeze, that many other facilities do not accept.

Techtronic Industries breaks ground on new facility – Piercetown

By Stan Welch

A crowd of well over a hundred people were on hand last Thursday, for the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Techtronic Industries facility near the intersection of Highway 81 and I-85.

Also on hand were representatives from the offices of the state’s two U.S. Senators, Congressman Jeff Duncan, and Governor Nikki Haley. All of them sent messages of encouragement and appreciation for TTI’s decision to locate their new logistics and distribution center at the Betsy Tucker industrial site, instead of in one of the several states and foreign countries that tried to woo them.

Long Road closure for bridge replacement

Anderson County Roads and Bridges will close a portion of Long Road, from Wilson Road (C-06-0017) to Midway Road (S-04-0076) on Wednesday, May 5, 2015 to begin replacing the existing 59-year old narrow bridge over the Beaverdam Creek. The project is expected to take one year to complete.

The new bridge will be 36-feet wide and 60-feet long. The deck will consist of pre-cast hollow core slabs with an asphalt overlay. Adjacent roadwork will raise the structure four feet higher than it is now. All of the bridge and roadway work will be completed by Roads & Bridges crews using county general funds. The total cost of the project is anticipated to be $250,000.

The signed detour route from the SC 81 & Long Road intersection will run south 1.25 miles to Hopewell Road, east on Hopewell Road 1.95 miles to Midway Road and north on Midway Road 0.80 miles to Long Road. Only adjacent residents and delivery vehicles will be permitted within the road closure area.

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.

Primary voting

Doris and Curt McNeely sign in before they cast their ballots during primary voting on Tuesday at the Piercetown Fire Department.

Piercetown Response Truck rear-ended at I-85 accident

The Piercetown Fire Department Rescue 13 response truck was sturck by a vehicle while the department was working an accident on I-85 Wednesday evening. The Piercetown Fire Department and the SC Highway Patrol were dispatched to an accident near the 29 mile marker on I-85 at 9:35. Hopewell and Wren Fire Departments also responded.

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While on the scene of the first accident, a red sport utility vehicle rearended the Piercetown rescue truck causing considerable damage to both vehicles. The sport utility was smoking as firefighters worked to extricate the occupants. Two people were injured, however details were not available at time of posting.

Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore said one injured person was flown and another transported by EMS to Greenville Memorial Hospital, but there were not fatalities. The accidents blocked both laned of I-85 north for approximately two hours.

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packIQ expanding existing operations

Piercetown – Due to increased demand for returnable packaging solutions, packIQ, located in the Piercetown community, is expanding its existing operations in Anderson County. The $2.1 million investment is expected to generate 50 new jobs. The expansion will include a complete shipping rack fabrication facility with powder coat paint and polyurea coating systems.

Piercetown Fire Dept. to elect board

The Piercetown Fire Department will hold board of directors election on Monday, Jan. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Piercetown Fire Department. Anyone interested in being a board member or the election is welcome to attend.

I-85 fatality

A Greenville man was fatally injured Sunday when the vehicle he was driving South bound on I-85 hit a ditch embankment and went airborne striking a tree 12 feet off the ground. Christopher David Garrick, 34, died from multiple blunt force trauma after being thrown from the 1993 Honda. The man’s body was found 132 feet from the car, officials said. Anderson County Deputy Coroner Charlie Boseman and Piercetown Fire Chief Andrew Massey look over the vehicle. The accident occured at the 25 mile marker at approximately 6:30 a.m. Garrick was not wearing a seat belt officials said.

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