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One of the hottest . . .

rezKids in water

Organizers of the 33rd Annual Spring Water Festival said the event may have broken two records this year. With a high temperature of 96 degrees and a heat index of 105, the festival was one of the hottest in recent memory. That heat in turn affected attendance, which was off considerably. Springwater Committee Chairman David Meade said he estimated that attendance for the festival, which normally ranges from 6000 to 10,000 over two days, was off by about 50 percent.

“The above average temperature and high heat index definitely affected our crowd,” Meade said. “It was extremely hot on Saturday. People were just staying home and staying cool.” Those who did brave the heat and came to the festival enjoyed great entertainment, displays and a variety of items in the craft area, he said. “Most of our crowd came early and there was a steady crowd of visitors throughout the day in the shaded area around the Spring House, food area and the craft area,” Meade said.

Lucas Hoge


Nationally know recording artist Lucas Hoge performs on the Amphitheater Stage during the 33rd Annual Spring Water Festival on Saturday. Hoge, who has recently performed before crowds as large as 17,000 or more, drove straight from a show in Texas to play the show. He said it was only his second time performing in South Carolina and that he enjoyed playing to the small but appreciative crowd in Williamston who braved the heat to come hear him. “You have a beautiful town,” he said.

More on the festival in this week’s Journal.


Shagging on the dance floor


Shaggers enjoy the new dance area as the Carolina Coast Band performs on the opening night of the Spring Water Festival on Friday evening.

Spring Water Festival Car show


Spring Water Festival Car Show entries were lined up in front of The Journal office on West Main Street as the festival kicked off Saturday morning.

Palmetto Area Cultural Arts Center bringing arts to Williamston

By Susan Martin

When Julie Keys first heard about the new arts center in Williamston, she imagined outstanding opportunities.

“I was very excited,” she said. “This is going to be great for Williamston and all the residents. To have the opportunity to experience different kinds of arts right here in our home town is amazing.”

The Palmetto Area Cultural Arts Center (PACAC), located in the Artory (former armory) in Williamston, will be open during the Springwater Festival allowing the public to visit and experience various arts while learning about fall programs.

Unique craft items just one of attractions for visitors at Spring Water Festival

By David Meade

If you are looking for something unique for yourself or someone else, the Spring Water Festival will feature a variety of special handmade items offered by more than 45 craft vendors. Two of those are the Purple Unicorn Pottery of Seneca and Rock Farms of Pelzer.

Spring Water Festival offers entertainment, fun, much more


By David Meade

The series of events being held in downtown Williamston over the summer will continue next week with the big one, the 33rd Annual Spring Water Festival.

The family friendly two day event Aug. 22-23 will feature more than 100 craft and business vendors, the area’s largest antique and classic auto show, kids activities, amusement rides, live music and other special attractions including a 5K walk and fun run.

The festival will kick off on Friday with Beach Music by the Carolina Coast Band. This newly revised band will provide nonstop, energetic Carolina beach and shag music as well as a flavor of party music and oldies on the opening night of the Spring Water Festival.

The band is led by founding member and Williamston resident Joey Werner. Friday night entertainment will also feature a guest performance by five time CBMA Female Vocalist of the Year, Rhonda McDaniel.

The AnMed Health Spring Water Run is sanctioned as an RRCA Grand Prix event and will include a 1 mile fun run and 5K run on Saturday.

Holloway being inducted into NC High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame

Former Palmetto standout

Ralph Holloway is being honored as one of seven individuals being inducted into the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame in October. Holloway is a former Williamston resident and Palmetto High School Athletic Hall of Famer. (Contributed photo)

Ralph Holloway, a former Williamston resident and Palmetto High School Athletic Hall of Famer, is being honored as one of seven individuals inducted into the 28th class of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) Hall of Fame.

The new inductees will be honored during special halftime ceremonies at University of North Carolina’s Kenan Stadium on Saturday, Oct 18, when the Tar Heels take on Georgia Tech. UNC-Chapel Hill has designated the day as the 30th annual NCHSAA Day. The new class will officially be inducted at the special Hall of Fame banquet next spring in Chapel Hill.

Williamston Fire Chief recognized by national group

The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (NSSAR) recently awarded Williamston Fire Chief Steve Ellison the National Society Fire Safety Commendaion Medal.

The award was presented during the National Congress of the Sons of the American Revolution held in Greenville. State Society President Daniel Woodruff nominated Ellison for the award based on the professionalism of the volunteer fire department. Williamston Fire Department ranks in the top 3.7 percent of all volunteer fire departments in the nation.

Woodruff said, “Each chapter within each state society is encouraged to select outstanding persons in public service serving in the fields of Law Enforcement, Fire Safety, and EMS and submit them for consideration of the medals. Qualifications include service above and beyond. Many of these awards recognize, such as with Chief Steve Ellison, service above-and-beyond as well as exemplary prolonged service in his field.”

Main Street Williamston: Adding Life to Downtown

By: Caroline Alex/Main Street Williamston Executive Director

As we approach the latter half of 2014, I wanted to give the community a full update on all that has been happening here at Main Street Williamston since our last article. As many of you know, successful things take time, and that is exactly the path Main Street Williamston is on. While there may not be as many visible and tangible signs of that doesn’t mean we aren’t busy little bees behind the doors making progress towards a successful sustainable future here in Historic Williamston. So with that, I would like to enlighten you on all that has been going on!

We have made great progress distributing and implementing the new logos from April 2014 Branding Charrette throughout the town and with other partner organizations like G.W.B.A, Palmetto Farmers Market, and the Palmetto Area Cultural Arts Center. Our big project right now is our Banner Program. We will have a total of 39 new banners that will feature the new Historic Williamston Logo and be placed up and down Main Street; with these 39 new banners, 19 are new locations. The banners will provide a pleasant welcome to visitors and residents as they come into town from Greenville and Anderson. Currently, we have received all the hardware from the production company, and the banners will be shipped to us within the next week. Installation of hardware has already begun! So, keep your eyes peeled for the exciting debut of our new banners!

Our Main Street Williamston Four Committees are hard at work with their projects. At this time, our four committees are each working on a handful of projects, but we wanted to update the town with a highlight on a few of their projects! The Organization Committee is working on a Main Street Williamston Volunteer Drive and crafting a presentation for speaking engagements that shares all the splendid things Main Street has already done, is currently doing, and has planned for the future. The presentation also shares how anyone (and everyone!) can be involved in Main Street Williamston through our various volunteer opportunities. This committee is also working on a fundraising campaign. Our Promotions Committee is working on a Historic Williamston Events Calendar and marketing projects with all of our new logos! Our Design Committee is working on a plan to beautify our gateway entrances with the help of our volunteers and local Master Gardeners. They are also teaming up with the PACAC, Mr. Thomas Addison, and local art students to fill vacant storefront windows with local student artwork that celebrates Williamston and all the wonderful things about our town. Our Economic Restructuring Committee is working on a Main St. property inventory while also researching and planning the first steps of creating a Master Plan.

The Main Street Williamston Advisory Board has recently adopted by-laws and we are in the beginning stages of applying for our 501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt Status. Our Board is currently working on a project that will allow them to better introduce themselves to the community and share why they believe in Main Street Williamston and are passionate about our mission, vision, and purpose.

Lastly, Main Street Williamston has recorded 25.5 Hours of volunteer time for the month of July 2014. In South Carolina, one volunteer hour is valued at $20.15 (1 hour=$20.15), according to Independent Sector ( Thus, our 25.5 hours of volunteer time is valued at the in-kind total $513.83. We would like to thank our volunteers this past month for their dedication to our program and the sacrifices they made! Since January 2014 to July 2014, Main Street Williamston has recorded 345 hours of volunteer time; the in-kind monetary value of this time is worth $6,951.75. What an incredible amount of time given by our great volunteers in just 7 months! Thank you for all you do. We look forward to having more community members join us and be a part of our volunteer team. Please feel free to get in contact with me if you would like to learn more about how you can be a part of Main Street Williamston.

We are still selling Historic Williamston T-Shirts at Town Hall and the various events in town. They are $10 each and go to support Main Street Williamston’s mission and projects. Come get one today before we sell out! Look for us at the Spring Water Festival on Saturday August 23rd in our historic Mineral Spring Park! We will have a booth and will be selling t-shirts along with talking about our amazing program. Keep up the support and good work, Historic Williamston. There is such a bright bright future ahead for us!

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