Category Archives: Williamston

West Allen Williams Old Time Music Festival – October 22

The West Allen Williams Heritage and Old Time Music Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 22 in the Artory. The event is sponsored by the Palmetto Area Cultural Arts Center. There will be history displays, live music and food. It is free and open to the public.

Williamston area residents are welcome and encouraged to bring any articles, pictures or artifacts to share at this event. Tables can be rented for $10 each on the day of event. to display your artifacts, pictures and family history. You do not have to reserve a table.

Stage Stores (Goody’s) celebrating 125th Anniversary

Stage Stores is celebrating 125 Years of Style with a huge sale and exciting cash and prize giveaways. What began as a single, family-owned department store has grown into the Palais Royal, Bealls, Goody’s, Peebles and Stage family of stores that operates in over 800 locations across 38 states.

In an industry where styles and customers tastes change quickly, staying in business for 125 years is reason to celebrate. Stage has always celebrated the style of its customers, by providing great fashion at affordable prices. Through October 20, Stage will celebrate with an anniversary event packed with great sale prices and extra savings offers.

Scott campaigning to keep his seat on council

Incumbent councilman Otis Scott is running for reelection to the Ward 4 seat on Williamston Town Council. “I am asking for your vote in the November election,” Scott said this week. “It has been a privilege serving the people of Williamston as your councilman for Ward 4 for the past four years. I not only serve my ward, but have worked hard to serve all the citizens of Williamston.”

Scarecrow Decorating Contest to kick off fall in Williamston

The Historic Town of Williamston and the Envision Williamston Main Street Program, invite all area residents and businesses to participate in the 2nd Annual Scarecrow Decorating Contest. The official display period is from October 17 through November 18th, however, displays may be set up following registration and design approval.

Registration deadline is October 24 to be eligible for judging. There is no entry fee. Entry forms are available on the Envision Williamston website. Entry forms must be brought to Town Hall on or before October 24th.

Displays may be placed throughout the town. On the form, participants will be asked to indicate their display’s intended location. If you do not have a location, you may ask a local church, business or homeowner to host your display, organizers said.

AU vs USC college softball game at Palmetto High canceled

The college softball game at Palmetto High School between the University of South Carolina and Anderson University softball scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 9th has been canceled due to Hurricane Matthew.

Williamston Council approves standard operating guidelines

For Fire Department

By Stan Welch – Williamston Town Council held a brief business meeting Monday night,giving second reading approval to two ordinances, and working out some details for the coming Christmas parade.

Council approved final reading on an ordinance which establishes rules, regulations and standard operating procedures for the fire department. The ordinance includes a new manual which explains the Standard Operation Guidelines for the fire department.

Police Department targeting illicit drug, criminal activity

By David Meade

The Williamston Police Department is cracking down on suspected drug dealers and drug houses in the town. Police Chief Tony Taylor said the department recently implemented a strategy to combat crime in the community which includes increased patrols and law enforcement operations.

“We have received several complaints from our residents regarding illegal activity in our community,” Chief Taylor said. “The Williamston Police Department recognizes that illicit drug activity and associated crime greatly impact the community. Such illegal activity directly impacts each citizen’s standard of living and quality of life.”

Transportation Committee delays action on projects

By Stan Welch

The Anderson County Transportation Committee (ACTC) held its quarterly meeting Tuesday, but delayed any action on the requests it has received. Among those requests were three from the Town of Williamston.

They include resurfacing requests for a two hundred eleven foot section of Black Street off of Tripp Street; a six hundred seventy foot section of Harbison Drive off of Mill Street; and a thirty foot section of Lee Street off of Black Street. No action is likely on those requests until the spring of next year.

Mayors express support for county hospitality tax

By Stan Welch

The mayors of both Williamston and West Pelzer have formally expressed their support for the proposed countywide hospitality tax that is scheduled for a second reading this week. Both mayors, in a letter of support sent to the County Council, touted the benefits that their towns have seen from their own municipal versions of the tax.

Single vehicle accident Wednesday morning




Single car wreck WednesdayWilliamston fire and police assist the driver of a late model Toyota after a single vehicle accident occurred at the intersection of Main and Gossett Street in Williamston on Wednesday morning. (Photo by Michael Lollis)

Residents express opposition to county hospitality tax

During public meeting

By Stan Welch

District Seven Councilwoman Cindy Wilson held a public forum Tuesday night at the Williamston Municipal Center to receive public input on the proposed two cent hospitality tax for the unincorporated areas of the county. The meeting narrowly avoided mob status, as loud, unruly behavior ran its course. Approximately thirty people attended the informal meeting, and approximately two thirds of them expressed anger at the tax, at the government, at corruption, and in general.

Wilson, for her part, struggled at times to control the emotional group, which occasionally expressed itself in profanity, and whose members often went on long, rambling rants against several unrelated aspects of government, at the local, state and federal levels.

Council approves zoning fees, fire department guidelines

By David Meade

During their meeting Monday, Williamston Town Council heard an update on Envision Williamston projects and grants, set fees for zoning variances, approved four mutual aid agreements and new operating guidelines for the fire department. Council also approved more stringent rules for mobile homes that are approved for locating in the town.

During public comments from Pamela Owens regarding items designating the historic dining room in Town Hall being removed and speeding on Gray Drive.

WPD stats for August

Williamston Police Chief Tony Taylor reported the following stats for the Williamston Police Department for August: Keep Checks 310; Premise Checks 14; Traffic Stops 139; Tickets 49; Warnings 93; Incident Reports Filed 55; Arrests 15; Warrants Served 3 and Drug Cases 1.

Homestead Festival, VW campout return to Mineral Spring Park

The Fourth Annual Homesteading Festival will be held in Williamston’s Mineral Spring Park this Saturday, September 10th, from 8 am to 4 pm. Hosted by SC Organization for Organic Living and the Town of Williamston, the festival is sponsored by the Palmetto Farmers Market, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, EarthWise Learning Center, and EarthSkills Wilderness Self-Reliance School. The festival is again partnering with the Steve White Creekside Camp Out and Show.

Town Hall meeting Sept. 13 in Williamston

A town hall meeting to listen to voters’ opinions about topics, such as the proposed two-percent county-wide hospitality tax is being held in Williamston Sept. 13 at 6:30 p.m. “This is your opportunity to discuss the proposed hospitality tax and any other concernts you may want to address ith you county council representative,” said Anderson County Council District 7 representative Cindy Wilson. The meeting will be held at the Williamston Municipal Center.

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