Category Archives: Williamston

Brady representing SC at ALA Girls Nation

KateBradyALAGirlsStateWashington, D.C. – Katherine Brady of Williamston, a student at Wren High School, is one of only 98 young women attending the 68th American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Girls Nation in Washington, D.C., this week. In addition to representing South Carolina, she was nominated for President of Girls Nation by her party and is running in the general election which is being held today (Wednesday).

Palmetto Area Cultural Arts Center offers second Summer Camp

Art camp rigatta watch

The Palmetto Area Cultural Arts Center (PACAC) in Williamston is offering a second Summer Arts Camp July 28 – Aug. 1. Palmetto Middle School Art Teacher Thomas Addison and Cedar Grove Elementary School Art Teacher Heather Dowell will lead a visual arts camp for children ages six to 12 years.

Singer/songwriter Lucas Hoge to headline Spring Water Festival


By David Meade

Award winning country music singer/songwriter Lucas Hoge will headline the 33rd Annual Spring Water Festival coming up August 22 and 23, organizers said this week. Hoge has recorded three country albums, a Christian EP, had songs featured on two TV shows, starred in an HBO TV series, wrote a jingle for Lipton Tea and entertained and supported military troops and their families.

Hailing from Nebraska, Hoge moved to Nashville and soon had his song “If I Only Could” featured on the Warner Brothers’ show Smallville.

Trail project to begin in August

Construction on the Mineral Spring Trail Project will begin in late August, officials said this week. Williamston Mayor Mack Durham had hoped the project would be underway and finished by the Spring Water Festival however the proposed timeline for contractors was too tight.

Palmetto Area Arts Center to offer second Summer Camp

The Palmetto Area Cultural Arts Center will offer a second Summer Art Camp for ages 6 to 12 July 28 – Aug. 1. The summer arts camp will be held in the new Palmetto Area Cultural Arts Center, located in the old Armory building on Gossett St. in Williamston. The camp will be taught by certified art teachers Heather Dowell and Thomas Addison.

GWBA readies for next events

By David Meade

Under the leadership of president Chris Trotter, the Greater Williamston Business Association (GWBA) has more than doubled membership over the past year and a half and brought new excitement to the town with the Party in the Park music series.

The group recently helped with the Independence Day celebration. “July 5th was excellent,” Trotter said. The car show, entertainment in the park and fireworks may have drawn 5000 to 6000 people, according to Trotter.

Bear sighting in Williamston


Several Williamston area residents reported seeing a bear this morning (July 11) in Williamston. April Blackston was one of those who saw the bear. According to Blackston, at 6:40 am this morning a large black bear crossed Anderson Drive in front of her vehicle. “The bear entered the triangle of woods by the Family Dollar store where I watched him for appoximately 45 minutes,” she said. “The bear ended up climbing a large oak tree.” She sent the accompanying photo which was taken by Andy Atkins. Journal contributing photographer Mike Gowan was in the area for awhile this morning in hopes of seeing the bear but was unable to.

Council irked about park sidewalk project

Not being informed

By David Meade

A sidewalk project in Mineral Spring Park was the topic of considerable discussion during the Williamston Town Council meeting Monday.

Councilmembers Rockey Burgess, David Harvell and Otis Scott all expressed concerns that council was not told about the project and that funding was not approved prior to it being done. Mayor Mack Durham asked council to amend the agenda to discuss funding for the project after it was already completed last week. The funding will come from the town’s Hospitality Tax fund, which requires a vote of council for any expenditures made from it.

Cole named town attorney, town to purchase new banners

By David Meade

During their meeting Monday, Williamston Town Council named a new attorney, addressed bat problems in a shed in the park and approved Hospitality Tax funding for a new sidewalk project which was just completed in the park. Council also tabled first reading on a new sign ordinance, and approved a request by the planning commission allowing them to request information on projects, set dates for the next election.

Cole named town attorney

During their meeting Monday, Williamston Town Council named Attorney Lee Cole as the town’s new attorney. Council tabled first reading on a new sign ordinance, approved a request by the planning commission allowing them to request information on projects and set the date for the next election. Council also authorized work to be done on a shed in the park which is being invaded by bats and approved Hospitality Tax funding for a new sidewalk project which was just completed in the park. More on these actions and others will be in this week’s Journal and posted online soon.

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