Category Archives: Williamston

Austin Webb to headline Spring Water Festival Entertainment

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By David Meade

If you’ve heard of Austin Webb, you probably know he has been in Nashville for the past couple of years, paying his dues and working on making it in the music business. If you’ve kept up with him, you know he is well on his way. If you haven’t heard of Austin Webb, you will.

The hometown “country music star” is currently performing at some of this year’s biggest country music festivals and fairs with some of country music’s biggest names including Florida Georgia Line, Joe Nichols, Jake Owen, The Band Perry, Parmalee, Eric Paslay, Frankie Ballard and more. He just opened a show for Charlie Daniels.

In May, his latest single release, “All Country On You,” broke the Top 40 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart and is getting airplay across the country and locally. With the success of that release and building on previous singles, a busy touring schedule is taking him across the country.

In August he will be back in South Carolina, performing a special “homecoming show” in his hometown of Williamston. Webb will headline the 2015 Spring Water Festival on Saturday, Aug. 22.

Freedom Celebration July 3rd

By David Meade

The Town of Williamston will host their annual Freedom Celebration and Fireworks event on Friday July 3 with music, food, a cruise-in and fireworks show.

Live music on the park amphitheater stage will begin at 7 p.m. and feature Jukebox 45 Band, a classic oldies rock and roll band featuring songs from the 50s, 60s and 70s.

Toddlers Playground dedication

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Williamston officials were joined by a number of children in Mineral Spring Park to celebrate the new toddler’s playground equipment. Pictured (l-r) are: Councilman Rockey Burgess, Mayor Mack Durham, Park Committee Chairman Kempie Shepard, Councilman David Harvell, Councilman Otis Scott and a bunch of happy children.

Summer Art Camps offered at The Artory

Summer Art and Music Camps at The Artory will be held the weeks of June 22 through June 26, and July 20 through July 24. This summer, students have the options of attending one camp, or both camps at a reduced rate. Registration fees are: $50 for Music Camp only, $75 for Art Camp only, $75 for two Music Camps, or $100 for Art and Music Camps. Two camps comes with a bag lunch each day. All students receive a Camp T-Shirt.

Providing services one of issues in annexation

By David Meade

Just in case you haven’t had enough annexation information, The Journal looked into a few questions that arose over the two week period leading up to the Williamston ribbon annexation which was tabled last Monday, and the Pelzer annexation referendum which was held last Tuesday.

Pelzer is one of the few towns in South Carolina that have used the 25 percent annexation by petition method but it is not the only one. According to Jeff Shaker of the SC Municipal Association, the method is the least used of the three methods available for annextion in South Carolina.

Shaker said the town of Springdale recently tried unsuccessfully to use the process in a situation that was similar to the Pelzer-Williamston annexation situation. According to Shaker, the City of West Columbia is providing utilities to the area intended to be incorporated by Springdale.

In the Williamston-Pelzer situation, Williamston supplies water to the Fred’s property and three other properties including Heatherly’s garage, Ashmore’s and a new residence on Courtney Street extension. Williamston also serves the Brookview Circle area mobile home subdivision.

Mayor updates town projects for GWBA

During the GWBA meeting Tuesday, Williamston Mayor Mack Durham gave an update on projects and other issues affecting the town recently.

Mayor Durham said the Envision Williamston workshop on Monday allowed residents to give input on the future of the downtown and surrounding area. Durham said the focus on walking brings customers to the downtown area. He said the town is looking at providing more handicapped accessible sidewalks and walking trails and eventually downtown residential. “Walkability and bikability is good for business,” he said.

Durham said that recent improvements at Brookdale Park included a small sidewalk and six truckloads of top soil along with some painting and refurbishing. At the request of area residents, a shelter has been installed at the Gray Drive walking track.

GWBA Party in the Park event “A huge success”

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By David Meade

During the Greater Williamston Business Association meeting Tuesday, members heard a report on Party in the Park and Williamston Mayor Mack Durham gave an update on town projects.

GWBA President Robin Tucker said the Party in the Park was a “huge success” and that there was “a wide variety of food to choose from to eat.” Tucker thanked sponsors and the Palmetto Junior Air Force ROTC unit which helped sell drinks during the event.

Tucker said Medshore and Williamston Police Department were there and the Restoration Church “did a really great job with the kids area.” Tucker also thanked the Town of Williamston for their support of the event.

Co-organizer Christ Trotter said crowds were hard to estimate because people were coming and going. He said it was “a huge success” and estimated 3000 to 4000 people attended the all day event.

Input gathered now to be used for future planning

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Envision Williamston

By David Meade

Approximately 20 people participated in an Envision Williamston open house workshop held Monday at the Williamston Municipal Center. Tee Coker of Arnett Muldrow & Associates and Jack Cebe of Alta Planning led the session

Areas looked at included: streetscaping and traffic; commercial architecture and development; residential architecture and development; public space amenities,; parking; parks and open space and street furnishings such as signage, lighting and benches.

Water customers may see some discoloration

Water customers being supplied by the Anderson Regional Joint Water System (ARJWS) including Williamston and Big Creek water customers, may see some minor water discoloration over the next few days. The ARJWS treatment plant has detected color in the raw drinking water supply which is being caused by increased levels of manganese and iron dissolved in the water.

Manganese and iron are naturally occurring elements that are abundant on earth and essential to human health. The water remains safe to drink and is not demonstrating any taste or odor issues at this time.

Town to flush hydrants

The Town of Williamston will begin flushing fire hydrants the week of June 29th. This is the annual DHEC required flushing. Williamston water customers are also being notified that they may see some minor water discoloration over the next few days.

Water customers being supplied by the Anderson Regional Joint Water System (ARJWS) including Williamston may see the discoloration which is being caused by increased levels of manganese and iron dissolved in the water.

Town officials said that the hydrant flushing should remove any discolored water that the town may receive from the ARJWS treatment plant. The process will take approximately two weeks.

Medshore providing EMS service in Williamston area

By Stan Welch

The Williamston EMS Board of Directors has approved a one year contract which will allow Medshore to provide emergency medical service to the Williamston EMS service area while a pending audit is conducted. The audit will be used in determining when Williamston can resume providing emergency medical services.

In a letter dated June 4, the Board acknowledged the arrangement, and assured that there will be no interruption of services. In addition, all current employees will be retained if they so desire. Medshore will assume its responsibilities beginning on June 20.

Envision Williamston workshop

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Approximately 20 people participated in an Envision Williamston open house workshop held Monday at the Williamston Municipal Center. Tee Coker (right) of Arnett Muldrow & Associates and Jack Cebe of Alta Planning led the session.

Lee Steam morning truck route revised

The Duke Energy/Waste Management morning truck route for coal ash removal from Lee Steam Plant is being revised in order to reduce the amount of traffic on Big Creek Road. According to Duke Energy, the morning route for Waste Management trucks is being changed from the staging on Hwy. 20 to Hwy. 29 to Hwy. 8. The route is highlighted in red in the attachment.

The trucks will come through West Pelzer, to Pelzer then take Hwy. 20 to Williamston along Greenville Drive to South Hamilton to Lee Steam.

The original route (shown in green in the attachment) will continue to be identified as an alternate route in the event there is an issue along the new route, Duke officals said. The revised route will be used primarily in the morning around 5 a.m. to 6 a.m., and there may be unloaded trucks using this route during the day going in either direction.

Mailers will be sent to the residents who may be affected on Tuesday and information will be posted on the Duke Energy website.

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Palmetto Farmers Market open for business

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Julia Sermons of Bio Way Farms in Ware Shoals sets up her table of organic vegetables on Thursday at the Palmetto Farmers Market in Williamston. The farmers market is open from 4-7 p.m. on Thursdays along the new walking trail in Mineral Spring Park.  The market offers fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs, jams and jellies, honey, boiled peanuts, locally-made soap and skin care products and other items. (Photo by Michael Lollis)

Williamston voters say no to change in government

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By David Meade

Williamston voters handily decided in Tuesday’s referendum they want to keep the current Mayor-Council or strong mayor form of government the town currently operates under, voting more than two to one to keep it. A total of 351 voted no and with 148 voting yes. Of the Williamston Precinct voters, 236 said no, 93 yes. Calvary precinct vote was closer but still just under two to one with 94 saying no, to 53 yes. Of 23 total absentee votes, 21 said no and only 2 said yes to the change. (All totals are uncertified)

Williamston will continue to operate under the strong mayor form of government in which the mayor makes executive decisions in day to day operations of the town and hiring.

(Photo – Williamston Mayor Mack Durham and wife Sharon make notes during the change in the form of government election ballot count Tuesday evening.)

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