Category Archives: West Pelzer

Cooperation between towns opening door for possibilities

By Stan Welch
As reported in recent issues of The Journal, the neighboring towns of Pelzer and West Pelzer have consolidated both their public works departments, and some of their administrative functions. The public works functions are supervised and directed by West Pelzer’s Michael Mahaffey, with an additional employee assigned to Pelzer.
When the new West Pelzer Municipal Center is occupied, Pelzer Town Clerk Heather Holcombe will have her office there as well as West Pelzer Clerk Paula Payton.

Town of West Pelzer in desirable location

Draft Comprehensive Plan showsBy Stan Welch -The West Pelzer Planning Commission received the draft copy of the town’s comprehensive plan Monday night. Several members of the county planning staff presented the report at the Commission’s meeting.
The county has been assisting the town prepare the plan, as required by state law. That law requires a plan to be prepared every ten years, with incremental five year updates.

Coal ash trucks to use secondary Hwy. 8 route

Due to South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) work on Cooley Bridge Road, outbound Waste Management trucks hauling coal ash from the Duke Energy W. S Lee Steam Station will be using their designated secondary haul route on Hwy. 8, Duke officials said this week.

Consolidation of clerks offices, truck traffic top agenda for West Pelzer

By Stan Welch
West Pelzer Town Council addressed a variety of issues Monday night, ranging from consolidating the Pelzer and West Pelzer town clerks’ offices to taking legal action against the SCDOT to stop trucks from using Highway 8 to pass through town.

Don’t leave car running and unattended

The West Pelzer Police Department is asking local drivers to not leave their vehicles running unattended and reminding them that to do so is against the law.
West Pelzer Police Chief Mike Clardy said the request is “Due to a rash of stolen vehicles at local businesses, predominantly where citizens either leave their vehicles running to warm up or to
quickly run into a business for a morning coffee only to find their vehicle gone upon returning to their parking space.”

Pelzer considering moving town clerk’s office

By David Meade
Members of Pelzer Town Council and West Pelzer Town Council held a joint special called meeting Monday at the Pelzer Community Building to discuss and vote on a resolution to consolidate municipal clerks offices of the two towns.
They also addressed security for council meetings.
Both moves are a continuing effort of cooperation between the two towns and looking into ways to save money and better serve residents and businesses.

Palmetto Business Association to expand Party in the Park to ticketed event

During their meeting Tuesday, members of the Palmetto Business Association (PBA) discussed plans for several upcoming events and gave their consent for the organization to move forward on a proposal to expand their Party in the Park event.
The organization is partnering with a professional event promoter to expand to be a ticketed event featuring a mid-stream name entertainer, according to PBA President Blake Sanders.

Palmetto Business Association Easter Egg Hunt April 8

The Palmetto Business Association (PBA) will hold their annual Easter Egg Hunt for ages 10 and under Saturday, April 8 in Williamston’s Mineral Spring Park. Rain date for the event will be the following Saturday, Apr. 15 . Ages and time schedules are as

Palmetto Business Association to hold Sporting Clay Tournament

The Palmetto Business Association (PBA) will hold their 3rd annual sporting Clay tournament on Friday, April 22 beginning at 9 a.m. at the Belton Gun Club.
Entry fee is $80 per person or $320 for a four person team.
Entry fee includes clay targets, breakfast and lunch. Drinks and snacks will also be provided.

West Pelzer assumes public works services for Pelzer

By Stan Welch
A proposed merger of the Pelzer and West Pelzer public works departments that was triggered by the departure of Pelzer public works director Brad West earlier this year is a done deal, according to West Pelzer Mayor Blake Sanders.
Mayor Sanders announced to his Council Monday night that the transfer has been accomplished and that a third employee, Steven Eudi, of Pelzer, has been hired. Eudi will essentially perform his duties in Pelzer, unless additional manpower or resources are needed. By the same token, Eudi will be available in West Pelzer if needed. He will begin work on March 27th.

West Pelzer policy to allow vehicles be driven home

By Stan Welch
The West Pelzer Town Council met Monday night, addressing several issues. During a discussion of the proposed policy allowing town employees, including police, to take official vehicles home, Mayor Blake Sanders announced that the town has formally assumed control and operation of Pelzer’s public works department. He added that a third employee, Steven Eudi, of Pelzer has been hired and will begin work later this month.

Officials celebrate ADA Kayak Launch opening

In Pelzer By Stan Welch – On a raw, rainy day, a variety of county officials and dignitaries gathered on the banks of the Saluda River in Pelzer to officially open Anderson County’s second kayak launch. The Timmerman Jr. Kayak Launch Facility is fully compliant with the American Disabilities Act, and will provide access to the river, in addition to an identical facility located at the Dolly Cooper Park. The Dolly Cooper facility was the first ADA kayak launch in the state.

Ribbon cutting held for ADA kayak launch

On the Saluda – Anderson County held a ribbon cutting Monday, for a second ADA floating kayak launch facility on the Saluda River. The accessible floating kayak launch facility provides an opportunity for all to transfer independently into kayaks beginning their journey down the Saluda River.

Palmetto Business Association to meet Mar. 21

The Palmetto Business Association will meet Tuesday, March 21 at 12 noon at Fiesta Mexican Restaurant in Williamston.
The meeting is expected to be about one hour.
Agenda items include Clay Shoot (April 21), Easter Egg Hunt (April 7), and Party in the Park. The guest speaker for the April After-Hours Event will also be announced..
For more information contact Blake Sanders President, Palmetto Business Association, PO Box 503 Williamston, 29697 or email

Pelzer, West Pelzer residents discuss vision

For the two towns
By Stan Welch – A crowd of approximately thirty five residents, split pretty evenly, between Pelzer and West Pelzer, met Tuesday night to discuss their vision of the future of the two towns. The focus of the event centered on the potential appearance of the intersection of Main Street and Lebby Street, and the adjacent areas.
Consultants for the Main Street program, Arnett Muldrow, conducted the meeting and guided the citizens through a series of questions designed to elicit public input.

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