Category Archives: White Plains – Spearman

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.

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.

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.

Improvements being made on Campbell Road

By Stan Welch

A series of improvements designed to make the intersection of Campbell Road and Highway 81 in the White Plains area safer appear to be coming along quite well.

Melissa McKee, project manager for SCDOT, is overseeing the intersection realignment of Campbell Road East and Campbell Road West. Campbell Road runs between Highway 8 and 81 near Spearman Elementary School. Where it crosses Highway 81, the two roads are badly aligned, contributing to a number of serious accidents.

Martin instrumental in community crime watch

By Stan Welch

The fifth anniversary celebration of the founding of the White Plains Crime Watch group turned into a testimonial for the group’s founder, Ada Martin. Approximately forty residents, Crime Stopper board members, of which Martin is one, and various law enforcement officials, gathered last Thursday night to mark the fifth year of the group’s existence.

White Plains Community Watch group to celebrate five years

By Stan Welch

Five years ago, the White Plains Community Watch was formed, in order to provide more surveillance in the community, and to help expand the presence of law enforcement in Sheriff’s District One.

Thursday evening, at 6:30 p.m., the group will gather to celebrate their fifth anniversary and the accomplishments they have had during that time. Ada Martin, one of the founders, and a member of the Anderson County Crime Stoppers board of directors, says anyone is welcome, including officers on patrol who might like to stop by long enough to grab a beverage and a snack.

Crime Stoppers honors Martin for service

During the White Plains Crime Watch meeting Thursday, the Anderson Area Crime Stoppers honored Ada Martin for her commuinty service and work with Crime Stoppers. Martin became involved with Crime Stoppers and has been a ceaseless advocate to get attention for unsolved homicides, including but not limited to her son’s death, according to Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper.

Remembered by many . . .

Celebrates 83rd Birthday – Louie and Doris (Watkins) Ellison (pictured) recently celebrated Doris’ 83rd birthday on August 1. The couple have been married for 66 years and Louie will celebrate his 85th birthday on October 26.

Debate shows differences in sheriff candidates

By Stan Welch

Sheriff John Skipper and his opponent for that office, Creed Hashe, faced off at a debate hosted by the White Plains Community Crime Watch Thursday.

The exchange of views was civil and professional, as befits both men’s extensive law enforcement careers; but distinct philosophical differences about law enforcement were obvious.

Spearman holds Spring Fling

Spearman Elementary held their annual Spring Fling on Friday, April 20. The event included lots of fun and food and activites that were enjoyed by all ages. Pictured – Lexi Sullivan enjoyed Mrs. Bartz face painting her nose.

Big Creek Water replacing lines

By Stan Welch
The Big Creek Water District will begin replacing more than 24 miles of old water lines in the coming weeks, according to general manager Chuck Cortez. Cortez told The Journal that 128,000 feet of line, originally installed in the late Sixties and early Seventies will be replaced over the next several months. The old line, comprised of PVC pipe, will be replaced by iron pipe, which Cortez says should have a life of seventy to eighty years. “Hopefully, we won’t have to do this again anytime soon.”

Miss Spartanburg visits Spearman

Hannah Barfield, Miss Spartanburg recently visited the students in the GoalPOST after school program at Spearman Elementary School in Piedmont. Miss Barfield read a book to the students, answered questions, and autographed pictures for each child.

White Plains precinct split in redistricting

By Stan Welch

Under Anderson County’s redistricting plans, which were recently approved by the United States Department of Justice, the White Plains precinct, which had traditionally been in the Sixth District, will be a split precinct. Under the approved plan, White Plains voters in the area bounded by Highways 8, 29, and I-85 will now vote in District Seven, which also includes Pelzer, West Pelzer and Williamston, as it has in the past.

Combined precincts in effect for primary voting

Some voters in Anderson County will not vote at their normal polling places during the January 21st Republican Presidential Primary due to combined precincts. A partial list of normal and combined precincts for The Journal reading area is as follows:

Combined Honea Path Barker’s Creek-McAdams and Chiquola Mill precincts will vote at Honea Path Middle School, 107 Brock Ave, Honea Path.

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