Category Archives: Williamston

Police Department targeting illicit drug, criminal activity

By David Meade

The Williamston Police Department is cracking down on suspected drug dealers and drug houses in the town. Police Chief Tony Taylor said the department recently implemented a strategy to combat crime in the community which includes increased patrols and law enforcement operations.

“We have received several complaints from our residents regarding illegal activity in our community,” Chief Taylor said. “The Williamston Police Department recognizes that illicit drug activity and associated crime greatly impact the community. Such illegal activity directly impacts each citizen’s standard of living and quality of life.”

Transportation Committee delays action on projects

By Stan Welch

The Anderson County Transportation Committee (ACTC) held its quarterly meeting Tuesday, but delayed any action on the requests it has received. Among those requests were three from the Town of Williamston.

They include resurfacing requests for a two hundred eleven foot section of Black Street off of Tripp Street; a six hundred seventy foot section of Harbison Drive off of Mill Street; and a thirty foot section of Lee Street off of Black Street. No action is likely on those requests until the spring of next year.

Mayors express support for county hospitality tax

By Stan Welch

The mayors of both Williamston and West Pelzer have formally expressed their support for the proposed countywide hospitality tax that is scheduled for a second reading this week. Both mayors, in a letter of support sent to the County Council, touted the benefits that their towns have seen from their own municipal versions of the tax.

Single vehicle accident Wednesday morning




Single car wreck WednesdayWilliamston fire and police assist the driver of a late model Toyota after a single vehicle accident occurred at the intersection of Main and Gossett Street in Williamston on Wednesday morning. (Photo by Michael Lollis)

Residents express opposition to county hospitality tax

During public meeting

By Stan Welch

District Seven Councilwoman Cindy Wilson held a public forum Tuesday night at the Williamston Municipal Center to receive public input on the proposed two cent hospitality tax for the unincorporated areas of the county. The meeting narrowly avoided mob status, as loud, unruly behavior ran its course. Approximately thirty people attended the informal meeting, and approximately two thirds of them expressed anger at the tax, at the government, at corruption, and in general.

Wilson, for her part, struggled at times to control the emotional group, which occasionally expressed itself in profanity, and whose members often went on long, rambling rants against several unrelated aspects of government, at the local, state and federal levels.

Council approves zoning fees, fire department guidelines

By David Meade

During their meeting Monday, Williamston Town Council heard an update on Envision Williamston projects and grants, set fees for zoning variances, approved four mutual aid agreements and new operating guidelines for the fire department. Council also approved more stringent rules for mobile homes that are approved for locating in the town.

During public comments from Pamela Owens regarding items designating the historic dining room in Town Hall being removed and speeding on Gray Drive.

WPD stats for August

Williamston Police Chief Tony Taylor reported the following stats for the Williamston Police Department for August: Keep Checks 310; Premise Checks 14; Traffic Stops 139; Tickets 49; Warnings 93; Incident Reports Filed 55; Arrests 15; Warrants Served 3 and Drug Cases 1.

Homestead Festival, VW campout return to Mineral Spring Park

The Fourth Annual Homesteading Festival will be held in Williamston’s Mineral Spring Park this Saturday, September 10th, from 8 am to 4 pm. Hosted by SC Organization for Organic Living and the Town of Williamston, the festival is sponsored by the Palmetto Farmers Market, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, EarthWise Learning Center, and EarthSkills Wilderness Self-Reliance School. The festival is again partnering with the Steve White Creekside Camp Out and Show.

Town Hall meeting Sept. 13 in Williamston

A town hall meeting to listen to voters’ opinions about topics, such as the proposed two-percent county-wide hospitality tax is being held in Williamston Sept. 13 at 6:30 p.m. “This is your opportunity to discuss the proposed hospitality tax and any other concernts you may want to address ith you county council representative,” said Anderson County Council District 7 representative Cindy Wilson. The meeting will be held at the Williamston Municipal Center.

Spring Water Festival another successful event

Organizers of the 35th Annual Spring Water Festival said they were pleased with the event and that it was one of the smoothest running festivals they have had. Thousands of people showed up for the two day festival that included more than 40 craft vendors, more than 60 non-profit and business displays, children’s games and rides and all day entertainment.

Vendors reported a steady day of visitors and shoppers. Beth Watkins was over the craft section of the festival. “I spoke with most of the vendors, and got a mixed response,” Watkins said. “Some did really, really good. Irene Deguzman said it was the best year she has done in a while here. While others said they did ok, but yet others said they didn’t do so well or they have done better.”

First bids go out for demo under NIP Program

By Stan Welch

The program designed to remove decrepit and abandoned homes from the area’s communities moves a step closer to reality this week, as the bids for the first phase of the demolition process will be received this week. Once the county accepts the various bids and awards the contracts, the demolition work will begin.

The Neighborhood Initiative Program, or NIP, is a federally funded, state administered effort to identify and raze the kinds of abandoned buildings that attract drugs and other criminal enterprises. The first phase involves nineteen of a total list of sixteen properties slated for destruction across the county.

Four of the properties are located in the Pelzer town limits, while two more are in Williamston.

Town holds second reading on annexation, property purchases

By David Meade

During a special called meeting Monday, Williamston Town Council held second reading on ordinances to purchase two tracts of property in town and another property easement on the edge of town that will allow future growth and economic development, according to Williamston Mayor Mack Durham.

First reading on the ordinances was held in a special called meeting held last Monday. The purchase of the properties at 209 Mauldin Street and 526 West Main Street were recommended in the town’s Community Master Plan. The plan is part of a revitalization and economic development comprehensive master plan the town formulated in conjunction with the Envision Williamston program.

The Mauldin Street property is being purchased for $10,000, while the West Main property will be purchased for $28,000.

Downed tree causes power outage in Williamston – Friday


Williamston firefighters stand by at the scene of a large tree limb that fell Friday night (Aug. 26) The limb took down power lines when it fell. The intersection of Tower and Lander Streets was blocked for several hours. (Photo by David Rogers)

T. G. Sheppard talks with fan at Spring Water Festival


T. G. Sheppard talks with one of the many fans who lined up to meet the Country Music entertainer after his show at the Spring Water Festival Saturday evening. Thousands of people came out for the annual event despite a hot afternoon. More on Spring Water Festival to come!

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