Category Archives: Williamston

Town requesting funds for Gatewood entrance

The Anderson County Transportation Committee will meet Monday, Oct. 20 at 4 p.m. in the Conference Room of the Roads and Bridges Department, 735 Michelin Boulevard, Anderson.

Among requests to be considered will be $425,000 for improvements on Woodmere Court in Williamston where there is a storm related washout that is causing concerns for the town and residents of Gatewood Subdivision. The damage occurred after heavy downpours resulted in backflow at the culverts where Big Creek flows under road of the Gatewood entrance.

Hillcrest Baptist Church to host Life Line Screening

Residents living in and around the Williamston community can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke or bone fracture. Hillcrest Baptist Church will host Life Line Screening on Nov. 1 at the church located at 1300 Anderson Dr in Williamston. Marilyn Eyer of Anderson recently attended a Life Line Screening and said, “We never would have known about my husband’s aneurysm if it hadn’t been for getting tested”.

This event is being Sponsored By: Bon Secours St. Francis Health System.

Audit shows town finances in good shape

By David Meade

During their meeting Monday, Williamston Town Council heard an audit report that shows the town is in very good financial condition, with the general fund increasing by $360,000. Water and Sewer funds are also in good financial shape auditors said.

Auditor Ken Meadows, of Greene, Finney and Horton, CPA firm, said the town’s fund balance increased from $1.4 million in 2013 to almost $1.77 milllion in 2014. “It is a nice reversal of the trend over the last few years,” he told Council.

Total revenues for the town were $2,612,000. Total expenditures were $2,352,000.

Marion Middleton Sr. inducted into Textile Hall of Fame

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Marion Middleton Sr. of Williamston was recently inducted into the Greenville Textile Heritage Society Hall of Fame. Middleton, 85, was born in Pelzer and was an All Star Player for the Pelzer Bears Baseball Team. He also coached winning textile league teams in Piedmont and later at Palmetto High School.

He was nominated for the honor by members of the Pelzer Heritage Commisssion. PHC member Dianne Lollis said, “For the past 3 years the Pelzer Heritage Commission has been proud to induct some of our Hometown Sports Heroes into the Greenville Textile Heritage Society Sports Hall of Fame. This year, as in years past, it has been difficult to decide on who to honor with this award. As with the majority of us Pelzer Mill Hill kids, we all knew how to play ball, but some were outstanding players for Pelzer and also went on to do the same for local colleges and major league teams.”

Homesteading Festival shows “How to” with demonstrations

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Visitos to the second annual Homesteading Festival held in Williamston’s Mineral Spring Park Saturday enjoyed fall weather as they took in a variety of free classes, demonstrations and music. (Pictured – A crowd watches a demonstration at the Festival) (Photo by David Rogers)

Vendors offered a variety of products for homesteaders, farmers, gardeners, and people interested in natural and local products. A number of regular vendors at the Palmetto Farmers Market each Thursday also displayed items at the festival.

Visitors could purchse a variety of plants, natural gardening products, soaps, lotions, salves, pet food and treats, food preparation and preservation equipment, note cards, products made from recycled and repurposed items, wool and regular farmers market products during the one day event, Organizer Rebecca McKinney said.

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 (James Toye does a red clay demonstration Saturday morning. Toye is from the upstate. Photo by David Rogers)

The Blue Ridge Rounders and Big Spike Hammer performed bluegrass music in the park.

The Palmetto Area Cultural Arts Center also featured old time music and arts in the Artory, (former armory) located on Gossett St. Information and demonstrations included Basketry, Williamston Chalybeate Spring Glazed Pottery, silhouette drawing, 19th century dance demonstrations and instruction.

Audit shows town in good financial shape

During their meeting Monday, Williamston Town Council heard an audit report that shows the town is in very good financial condition, with the general fund increasing by $360,000. Water and Sewer funds are also in good financial shape auditors said. (Additional information on the audit will be in this weeks Journal.

The town’s fund balance increased from $1.4 million in 2013 to almost $1.77 milllion in 2014. Total revenues for the town were $2,612,000. Total expenditures were$2,352,000.

The town saw an increase in franchise fees, property taxes and resource officer fees to help with a $131,000 increase in revenues. Property taxes were $64,000 more than budgeted, hospitality tax revenues were $31,000 more than budgeted and franchise fees were $66,000 more than budgeted.

Homesteading Festival features classes, 50+ vendors

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By David Meade

The second annual Homesteading Festival being held in Williamston’s Mineral Spring Park this Saturday (Oct. 4) will feature a variety of free classes, demonstrations, music and more than 50 vendors. Festival Organizer Rebecca McKinney, said the event is a free family-friendly day with lots of fun activities. The event will go from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Vendors will offer a wide variety of products for homesteaders, farmers, gardeners, and people interested in natural and local products.

McKinney said the Palmetto Farmers Market will not be held this Thursday because the regular vendors will be at the festival on Saturday.

They will be among a variety of vendors who will offer plants, natural gardening products, soaps, lotions, salves, pet food and treats, food preparation and preservation equipment, note cards, products made from recycled and repurposed items, wool, regular farmers market products, and many other items, McKinney said.

West Allen Williams Old Time Musical Festival

The Palmetto Area Cultural Arts Center (PACAC) will be open to the public this Saturday for the first annual West Allen Williams Old Time Musical Festival being held in association with the Homestead Festival. From 10 am to 4:30 pm, the public will be able to visit the Artory and interact with musicians and artists showcasing skills from the late 1800s.

“We will be celebrating the music and culture of our town’s founder, West Allen Williams,” said Thomas Addison, Visual Arts Director. “We have a new stage at the Artory where the musicians will perform.”

Old Time Music Schedule

Boo in the Park event November 1

Organizers of Williamston’s annual Halloween event, Boo in the Park, said the event will be held this year on Saturday, November 1st from 5-8pm in Mineral Spring Park. Any church, business, organization or individuals who are interestest in participating are invited. Applications are available at the Journal and the Williamston Municipal Center (Town Hall). The annual event includes free fun activities, food and candy for trick or treaters. Additional information on Boo in the Park will be announced soon.

Williamston Council previews agenda items during work session

By Stan Welch

Williamston Town Council held a work session Tuesday night in preparation for next week’s scheduled Council meeting which will be held Monday, Oct. 6 at 6 p.m.

Councilman Rockey Burgess got the ball rolling with a question about the Gatewood subdivision, which has suffered from the summer’s heavy rains. The road access is at risk due to runoff damage. Burgess suggested that the Council vote Monday to formally seek funding from the County to repair the road.

Mayor Mack Durham explained that C funds, which are designated for road work and other infrastructure needs, would be allocated in the coming weeks, but agreed that a formal request from the council would be helpful. Councilman Otis Scott, pointing out that further damage could isolate the neighborhood’s residents, suggested using heavy equipment to restore the existing but abandoned Williams street access into the area as well.

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