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Envision Williamston announces new town beautification project

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Adopt a Rest Stop

Envision Williamston (EW) is unveiling a project to help beautify the Downtown Historic Corridor of the Town of Williamston. The first of 12 sites planned as part of the “Adopt a Rest Stop” program was created with private funds provided by Ace Hardware and the generous donation of time and talent from Ragsdale’s Decks. The new pergola and bench seating is located on East Main Street at Town Square Center parking lot (next to McDonalds).

Picttured – Rodney Ragsdale of Ragsdale’s Decks looks on as workers put the final touches on a wooden pergola over the first Adopt a Rest Stop location on East Main Street. Ragsdale joined site sponsor Ace Hardware to design and build the pergola for the centerpiece project as part of the Envision Williamston downtown beautification “Adopt a Rest Stop” program.

“The Adopt a Rest Stop project will complement the Town’s proposed electronic message board and street banners, creating a vibrant and fresh look to the downtown,” according to EW Executive Director Sonya Crandall. “It will encourage greater visitor/pedestrian foot traffic, serve as a catalyst to generate spillover effects from community events held in Mineral Spring Park and help create an inviting environment for new business development.”

Personnel, contract issues to be discussed Monday

In executive session

By Stan Welch – Williamston Town Council met in a work session Tuesday night and previewed a brief agenda for next Monday’s Council meeting. The council will approve a resolution recognizing the Palmetto High School cheerleaders accomplishment this year in winning first place in the 3A division.

The agenda also includes two executive sessions, one for a personnel issue,and the other for a contractual matter. The presence of the two items on the agenda was confirmed after the town attorney and the representative from The Journal agreed that Councilman Burgess’s suggestion that the matters be addressed in the work session would not comply with the S.C. Freedom of Information Act.

Williamston’s Veterans Park Army Tank gets makeover

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By David Meade – An M60 A1 Army tank located in Williamston’s Veterans Park was recently restored to original paint and marking specs of the equipment. The tank in the veterans park located off Gossett behind Mineral Spring Park had been painted camouflage for active duty service. The restored paint scheme is an olive drab green complete with a white star. Gordon Ponsford, of Ponsford Ltd. in Georgia, was in charge of the restore. “It reenergizes patriotism in the small communities these historic artifacts are located in,” Ponsford told The Journal while he was working on the project. “We are restoring the past for the future.”

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BEFORE – Getting ready for new paint

Alexander wins seat on council by 17 votes

Williamston voters decided Tuesday that they wanted a new councilmember to serve on the Ward 4 seat. In the run off election, challenger Chris Alexander received 155 votes to incumbent Otis Scott’s 138.

Alexander had 111 votes in the town precinct to 77 for Scott. Scott took the mill precinct with 56 votes to Alexander’s 42. Scott also received two absentee votes. In the Cedar Grove precinct, Scott had 3 votes to Alexander’s 2 votes.

Lighting of the Park this Saturday at 6 p.m.

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Opening night ceremonies and lighting of the Christmas Park will be held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 26 at 6 p.m., at the Amphitheater Stage in Williamston’s Mineral Spring Park. Midway Bible Church will be providing hot chocolate on opening night and there will be special holiday music. Santa Claus will also be arriving on the town’s antique 1936 Fire Engine and visiting with children in the Scout Hut.

The lighting of the park will include the opening of Deck the Halls in Williamston’s Municipal Center. The annual event has become a holiday tradition for the town and features beautifully decorated Christmas trees in the main hallways of the Municipal Center. It will be open to the public for viewing following the lighting of the park and during regular business hours through the holidays.

Town loses popular employee

Peterson dies of natural causes

By Stan Welch

The Town of Williamston tragically lost one of its best and most popular employees last week, with the sudden passing of Bruce Peterson. Peterson passed away at his home in the early hours of Friday morning, of natural causes.

Peterson, who was hired in 2004 by former police chief Troy Martin, moved into the town’s administrative department during the town’s financial difficulties during the Clardy and Crout administrations. His calm demeanor, and his willingness to tackle any task made him an invaluable worker, according to town clerk Michelle Starnes, who was visibly upset at the news of Peterson’s death.

Williamston Town Council runoff election Tuesday

Williamston voters are reminded to go back to the polls next Tuesday (Nov. 22) to decide who will serve on Williamston Town Council on the Ward 4 seat. Incumbent Councilman Otis Scott hopes to retain the seat he presently holds while political newcomer Chris Alexander will challenge Scott for the seat.

Town loses popular employee

Bruce Peterson dies of natural causes

By Stan Welch – The Town of Williamston tragically lost one of its best and most popular employees last week, with the sudden passing of Bruce Peterson. Peterson passed away at his home in the early hours of Friday morning, of natural causes.

Peterson, who was hired in 2004 by former police chief Troy Martin, moved into the town’s administrative department during the town’s financial difficulties during the Clardy and Crout administrations. His calm demeanor, and his willingness to tackle any task made him an invaluable worker, according to town clerk Michelle Starnes, who was visibly upset at the news of Peterson’s death.

Last day to vote for favorite scarecrows

Friday Nov. 18 will be the last day to vote for favorites in the 2016 Envision Williamston Scarecrow Decorating Contest – People’s Choice Award Voting. The online gallery and voting can be found at the Town of Williamston website at: http://www.williamstonsc.us/2016-scarecrow-contest/ or click on the links on the Envision Williamston website at www.envisionwilliamston.com.

To vote for your three favorites, click on the button “VOTE NOW” at the bottom of the gallery.

Williamston Town Council runoff Nov. 22

By David Meade

Williamston voters will go back to the polls next Tuesday (Nov. 22) to decide who will serve on Williamston Town Council on the Ward 4 seat. Incumbent Councilman Otis Scott hopes to retain the seat he presently holds while political newcomer Chris Alexander will challenge Scott for the seat.

Alexander said he was very appreciative and humbled by the votes he received. “I am thankful for everyone’s support.” He asked voters to come back out in next Tuesday. “I would appreciate their support.” Scott said if he is re-elected he will be a full time councilman representing the citizens of the town and will be available anytime.

Cedar Grove Precinct to vote at Calvary

Voters in the Cedar Grove Precinct located inside the municipal limits of the Town of Williamston will cast their ballots for the Tuesday, November 22, Williamston Runoff Election at the Williamston Mill Precinct at Calvary Baptist Church. Polling places are: The Williamston Mill Precinct at Calvary Baptist Church; the Williamston Precinct at Palmetto Middle School. Cedar Grove Precinct voting will be at the Williamston Mill Precinct at Calvary Baptist Church. Vote counting will take place at Palmetto Middle School following the closing of polls at 7 p.m.

Supporting Economic Development

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Innovate Anderson Vice-Chairman Mike Wooles (First Citizens Bank) presents a $10,000 check to Envision Williamston Board Chair Roxanne Hall. The grant funds will be used for an upcoming economic development “Main Street Challenge” program sponsored by the town’s economic develpment and community vitality program Envision Williamston.

Honoring Our Veterans

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Palmetto High AFJROTC Cadets participate in Laying of the Memorial Wreath during the Veterans Day Service held Friday at the Veterans Memorial in Williamston. The program included honoring local Veterans and those from the area who paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving our nation. The names of 61 Veterans how died in World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam and Afghanistan were read out loud followed by ringing of a bell for each one. A Moment of Silence and playing of Taps followed.

Annual audit shows town finances continue to be in good condition

By David Meade

Williamston’s finances continue to be in good shape according to an auditor’s presentation made to Williamston Town Council Monday evening. Auditors Andrew Coleman and Ken Meadows of the auditing firm of Greene Finney and Horton said the town received an unmodified opinion which is the best it can receive.

Meadows said the General Fund balance had increased by $179,000, the Water Fund was in good financial shape and Sewer Fund had a positive unrestricted balance. The town’s fund balance increased from $2,014,000 in 2015 to $2,193,000 this year, according to Coleman. The town has a restricted fund balance of $143,000 for the cemetery fund and hospitality tax fund.

Scott, Alexander in runoff

Williamston Town Council

Williamston voters will go back to the polls Nov. 22 to decide who will serve as the Ward 4 Councilman. Incumbent Otis Scott and Chris Alexander, will be in a runoff for the seat. Scott had a total of 421 votes while Alexander received 365. Tim Farmer garnered 206 votes in the three way race. The two top vote getters will face off in two weeks. With no challengers, incumbent Mayor Mack Durham and incumbent Councilman David Harvell were easily reelected to their seats.

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