Category Archives: Williamston

Behavioral health facility locating in old hospital building

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By David Meade

Representatives of Meridian Behavioral Health Systems recently met with members of Williamston Town Council to explain their plans for the old Williamston hospital building on Williams Street. Workers have been in the process of a $2 million renovation of the facility which will serve as a residential group home for ages from 6 to 21.

Renovations for the project are expected to be completed in July and licensing for the facility approved by August, according to Joshua Smith, Director of Special Projects and Operations for Meridian. Meridian operates a similar facility in Myrtle Beach which serves children from across the state. They also have locations in New Orleans, Nashville and Norman Oklahoma.

The Williamston location will primarily serve the upstate area, allowing those housed in it to be closer to family, friends and services, Smith said.

Scott to seek reelection

Williamston Town Councilman Otis Scott announced this week that he does plan to run for re-election to the Ward 4 Council seat he presently holds.Scott said he was planning to announce that he would not be seeking reelection, but changed his mind after speaking with his pastor and praying about the decision. His pastor told him to think about “all you have done for the town” and prayed that he would make the right decision.

“If the citizens see fit to elect me again, I would be more than proud to serve them to the best of my knowledge and ability,” Scott said.

Learn how to start a Block Watch Program

There will be a Block Watch kick-off program held at the Williamston Municipal Center on Thursday, June 2 at 6:30 p.m. The educational event is sponsored by the Williamston Police Department and will offer information on how to create a Block Watch program for a neighborhood.

A block watch program is a program organized by a group of people in the community who want to make their neighborhood a safer place by partnering with law enforcement and working together to reduce and solve crime, according to Williamston Police Chief Tony Taylor.

PBA makes presentation to ACTC

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Palmetto Business Association (PBA) President Mike Simpson presented a check for $500 to the Anderson Districts One and Two Career and Technology Center Digital Art Design program. The presentation was made during the awards and graduation recognition program held for seniors last week at the Civic Center of Anderson. The PBA made the donation to the program to help students as the result of their design efforts in designing the new Palmetto Business Association logo.

Budget work session Thursday

Williamston Town Council will hold a budget work session this Thursday, May 26 at 7 am at the Williamston Municipal Center. Also due to a scheduling conflict, the June Council meeting, which is normally held on the first Monday of the month, will be held on the second Monday, which is June 13 at 6:30 p.m. Council is expected to hold second reading on the 2016-17 budget. A public hearing on the budget is also scheduled for the meeting.

Party in the Park to feature Eric Scott Band

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PBA copyThe Palmetto Business Association (former GWBA) Party in the Park will be held this Saturday, May 21st. The event will begin at 5 p.m. and will feature music by the James Radford Band and the Eric Scott Band. There will be food vendors and free activities for kids including face painting, inflatables, clowns and more.

Headliner Eric Scott Band brings a talented group of musicians with inspirations ranging from Charlie Daniels to Jason Aldean, Rush to Metallica, Bryan Adams to Matchbox Twenty, Pop, Metal, Funk and Bluegrass. The band includes Eric Scott, Lead Vocals and Guitar; Amos Fleming-Bass Guitar; Andy Fleming, Fiddle, Guitar, and Vocals; Orion Irby, Drums; Brian Speight, Lead Guitar and Vocals.

Pig in the Park annouces BBQ Cookoff winners

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The annual Pig in the Park Barbecue Festival and Cookoff was held Friday and Saturday in Williamston’s Mineral Spring Park. Pictured – Palmetto Smoke BBQ of Simpsonville hands out BBQ to attendees Saturday. (Photo by David Rogers) There was barbecue and food sales, craft vendors, children’s play area and live entertainment, there was barbecue food sales and sanctioned contest. Receiving first place in cookoff competition was High on the Hog BBQ.

Area youth recreation program undergoing changes

By David Meade

The future for youth recreation for the Pelzer -Williamston (Palmetto area) program has been the topic of considerable discussion and angst recently, especially in Pelzer. The Town of Pelzer has been struggling with a strained financial situation and considering whether they could continue to fund a recreation program that was losing $23,000, while at the same time looking into providing services, primarily police protection, for a new town with no tax base.

The towns of Pelzer and Williamston have provided separate recreation programs for area children that combined under the same director two years ago. The Pelzer-Williamston recreation program has approximately 330 participants.

Pig in the Park Barbecue Festival & Cookoff this weekend

The annual Pig in the Park Barbecue Festival and Cookoff will be held this Friday and Saturday, May 13-14 in Williamston’s Mineral Spring Park. Activities will begin on Friday at 12 noon and go until 9 p.m. There will be barbecue and food sales, craft vendors and a children’s play area. Entertainment by Karen Grant and Big Spike Hammer.

On Saturday, activities begin at 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. There will be food sales, craft/sales vendors, children’s play area. entertainment featuring The Smiling Ducks. Judging of BBQ begins at 10 a.m. Presentation of BBQ Championship Awards will be at 2:30 p.m.

At 10:45 am on Saturday, Williamston Masonic Lodge will be selling wrist bands to sample all-you-can-eat barbecue for $10. Beginning at 11 am, the wrist band will allow you to get a two ounce sample of barbecue from each competitor at their location and will continue as long as barbecue lasts. No samples will be given out without a wrist band.

The following competitiors are participating in the Championship Barbecue Cookoff:

Party in the Park to feature live entertainment, activities

The Palmetto Business Association (former GWBA) will hold their first Party in the Park event of 2016 on Saturday, May 21st. The event will begin at 5 p.m. and will feature music by the James Redford Band and the Eric Scott Band. There will be food vendors and free activities for kids including face painting inflatables, clowns and more. Organizers are currently accepting sign ups for local food vendors. More information at partyinthepark.info. The PBA organization is planning a second Party in the Park music event sometime in mid July.

Permitting indicates Walmart still interested in Williamston

By Stan Welch

For four years the Williamston area has been looking for signs and hoping that the talk of Walmart coming to town is true. And though not officially announced, there are new indications that Walmart store 6886 is still coming to Williamston. The Journal has confirmed this week that there are currently ongoing communications between WalMart’s engineering firm and the Anderson County permitting office.

Anderson County Administrator Rusty Burns has confirmed that the County has received notification of some additions to the plans that are on file. “The company’s engineering firm has advised us that they will be adding a fueling station and a grocery pickup to the original plans,” Burns said.

Williamston Mayor Mack Durham also confirmed that information. “My understanding is that the landowners involved have agreed to an additional thirty days option on the properties to allow for any loose ends that need to be tied up. Of course we are excited at this news and are looking forward to having WalMart as our neighbor.”

Walmart still interested in Williamston

For four years the Williamston area has been looking for signs and hoping that the talk of Walmart coming to town is true. And though not officially announced, there are new indications that Walmart store 6886 is still coming to Williamston. Read more in this week’s print edition of Journal on news stands now!

Permitting indicates Walmart still interested

Pig in the Park Barbecue Festival & Cookoff May 13-14

The annual Pig in the Park Barbecue Festival and Cookoff will be held next Friday and Saturday, May 13-14 in Williamston’s Mineral Spring Park. Activities will begin on Friday, May 13 at 12 noon and go until 9 p.m. There will be barbecue and food sales, craft vendors and a children’s play area. On Saturday, May 14 activities begining at 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. There will be food sales, craft/sales vendors, children’s play area and Gospel Music all day in the Ampitheatre. Judging of BBQ begins at 10 a.m. Presentation of BBQ Championship Awards will be at 2:30 p.m.

Williamston approves 2016-17 budget, zoning changes

No tax increase

By David Meade

During their regular monthly meeting Monday, Williamston Town Council approved first reading to officially adopt a zoning map, addressed several other zoning related matters, amended the sign ordinance and approved first reading on the 2016-17 budget.

Main Street/Envision Williamston Executive Director Sonya Crandall updated council on activities of the economic development program including placement of wayfinding signs, promotion of community events, community engagement with a photo contest and recent completion of a Community Master Plan.

Williamston approves first reading on $2,947,373 budget

The 2016-17 budget approved on first reading in a 4-1 vote by Williamston Town Council Monday is a balanced budget with no tax increase. Total Revenues and Expenditures are budgeted at $2,947,373, up $117,000 from $2,830,373 last year.

The budget as approved on first reading reflects the following:

Revenues: Property taxes $959,000, up from $875,000 from last year; Property Taxes Delinquent $35,000 up from $25,000; Vehicle taxes $100,000; Hospitality tax $185,000, down from $190,000; Payment in Lieu of taxes $6500, down from $7,600; Homestead Exemptions $91,000;

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