Category Archives: Williamston

Party in the Park this Saturday


The Palmetto Business Association (former GWBA) Party in the Park event will be held this Saturday, July 30 featuring music by T. J. Lazer and the New Detroits and the TKO Band. The event will begin at 5 p.m. and with music starting at 6 p.m. There will be food vendors and free activities for kids including face painting, inflatables, clowns and more.

TJ Lazer and the New Detroits is a southern “soul funkin’-rock band,” based in Greenville. Their sound is fun loving, up lifting, toe-tapping, groove-making music, band members say.

Williamston planning to address sewer system problems

Town under DHEC consent order

By Stan Welch – The focal point of the Williamston Town Council’s work session Tuesday night was the imposing of a consent order by DHEC, as a result of problems with the town’s wastewater treatment system.

Those problems extend well back into the last decade or more. In fact, the town was released from a previous consent order as recently as October of 2014. The respite was brief, with the occurrence of a sewage overflow from a manhole, as the result of heavy rainfall (two inches)in a relatively brief period in early February. Obstruction of the line by tree roots was also deemed a contributing factor.

Consequently, DHEC issued a notice of violation based on a series of reports in late 2015 which reflected daily violations of fecal coliform levels at the treatment plant, which were also the result of heavy rainfalls. The chronic problem is the condition of the town’s sewer lines, which are outdated and which are subject to inflow and infiltration (I&I) during rain events. The I&I lets storm water enter the lines and flow through the treatment plant, reducing its effectiveness and leading to violations of the standards set by DHEC.

T. G. Sheppard to headline Spring Water Festival entertainment


The Williamston Springwater Committee announced this week that “classic country artist” T. G.. Sheppard will headline entertainment for the 35th annual Spring Water Festival which will be held August 26 & 27 in Williamston’s Mineral Spring Park. T. G. Sheppard has 21 number one hits and is ranked among the top 100 country artists of all time which according to Spring Water Festival Chairman David Meade, “has made him one of the most popular performers on tour today.”

“We are excited to have T. G.. Sheppard headline this years entertainment,” Meade said. “With a show full of chart topping hits like “Last Cheaters Waltz”,”I Loved ‘Em Everyone”,”Do You Wanna Go To Heaven”, and “Party Time”, T. G. Sheppard is sure to bring a show that country music lovers will appreciate and enjoy.”

Party in the Park returns next Saturday, July 30

Palmetto Business Association

The Palmetto Business Association (former GWBA) will hold their second Party in the Park event next Saturday, July 30. The event will begin at 5 p.m. and will feature music by T. J. Lazer and the New Detroits and the TKO 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.

TJ Lazer and the New Detroits is a southern “soul funkin’-rock band,” based in Greenville. Their sound is fun loving, up lifting, toe-tapping, groove-making music, band members say. “We like to think of our performances as not just a great live show, but as a great experience,” bandmember Thomas McPartland said.

Williamston dealing with water leaks

The Town of Williamston Public Works Department has been extremely busy over the last two weeks. According to Public Works Director David Rogers, the department has repaird 12 leaks in the towns water system over the last ten days. Over the weekend, town employees worked to repair a major leak in an 8 inch line on East Main Street. Rogers said the crew was out at 2 a.m. to repair the leak in the line which is 80 years old.

View, vote on photo contest entries

Williamston In Focus

People’s Choice Voting is now open for the Williamston in Focus Photography Contest. Envision Williamston/Main Street Executive Director Sonya Crandall said local photographers have submitted 40 photos which can be seen on the town’s website. People can also vote online for their favorites. To access the photos and online voting, go to the Envision Williamston website at and click on Current Happenings on the Home Page or go to the town website at

Spring Water Festival seeking volunteers

Organizers of the 35th Annual Spring Water Festival are looking for volunteers to help with this year’s festival.

The festival is seeking church groups or other organizations or individuals to help with children’s entertainment/activities. Any one interested is asked to email Dianne Lollis at

SWF organizers are also looking for local singers or performers for a small number of time slots on the Amphitheater stage. Anyone interested is asked to email David Meade at

Town approves funding for infrastructure plan

By David Meade

During their July meeting held Monday, Williamston Town Council approved $10,000 in funding for an infrastructure review plan and heard an update from the Envision Williamston program. A special recognition was held for former fire chief and town resident Tommy Walker, who died June 17. Firefighting boots and turnout gear along with a black drape was placed on a chair in the center of the front row where Walker often sat for council meetings.

Envision Williamston ready to move foward

After a ten month long planning project conducted in conjunction with Arnett Muldrow and Associates, the Envision Williamston program is now ready to launch several new projects, according to Envision Williamston Executive Director Sonya Crandall. Williamston Town Council recently approved funding in the Town’s Annual Budget for several Envision Williamston economic and community development projects.

“In this first year of implementation, Envision Williamston received funding for a variety of economic and coummunity development initiatives,” Crandall said.

Town of Williamston flushing hydrants

The Town of Williamston is conducting SCDHEC required fire hydrant flushing over the next two weeks. Customers may notice discolored water but it is safe to drink. The water should clear up with use.

Construction projects about third complete at WS Lee Steam site


By David Meade

For more that sixty years, the W. S. Lee Steam Station was one of the largest structures in the area, rising out of a tranquil area surrounded by trees on one side, and the Saluda River on the other. When it was built in the 1950s, construction on the site brought a boon to the area.

With work on the new Duke Lee Steam Combined Cycle Facility underway and an ash removal project near the main entrance, the original Lee Steam facility that dominated the skyline for more than 60 years, is in the background. Construction of the new power generating facility now dominates the hillside on the six hundred acres tract surrounding the original plant.

Town of Williamston Freedom Celebration this Saturday – July 2


By David Meade

The Town of Williamston will host their annual Freedom Celebration and Fireworks event this Saturday, July 2 with music, food, a cruise-in and fireworks show. There will be food vendors in Mineral Spring Park beginning at noon Saturday until offering barbecue, hotdogs, funnel cakes and old fashioned ice cream. Food vendors include Hey Bo / Sassy Sow BBQ, Grandma’s Real Homemade Ice Cream , The Dog House and TKO Concessions Funnel Cakes.

Last chance to enter Williamston photo contest

Now With $100 Grand Prize

Deadline to enter the Williamston in Focus Photography Contest is June 30. The contest will include a People’s Choice Grand Prize Winner. The $100 prize will be awarded courtesy of Palmetto Properties Real Estate, Inc. All area amateur and professional photographers are invited to submit photos celebrating local historic, cultural, recreational or economic assets.

Photos taken within the past two years may be submitted in one of four categories: Williamston events, Williamston landmarks, Williamston businesses/organizations or Williamston people. Up to three photos may be submitted in each category and may be submitted in digital form online. Details are available here on the EW website at

Send completed forms and digital photo submissions to

Williamston budget includes new electronic sign, administrative oversight position

By Stan Welch

The Town of Williamston has a budget for the coming year that includes funding for several new Envision Williamston projects and an administrative oversight position that will help in several areas the town has struggled with in the past.

The special called meeting Monday followed a budget work session held by the Council last Thursday evening. At that meeting, which consisted primarily of an unusual, and questionable, executive session that lasted a little over an hour, several changes in the budget were presented.

Funding approved for Envision Williamston projects

Williamston Town Council approved the Town’s Annual Budget for FY2016-17 during a special called meeting Monday. Envision Williamston was funded for a variety of economic and community development projects for next year including the following:

(1) An Electronic Message Board, full color (Promotions and Marketing)

(2) A Main Street Challenge, to be matched 2:1 with outside funds (Economic Development)

(3) Downtown Banners, to complement the electronic message board (Beautification)

(4) Community Activities, such as a public spaces clean-up day and a youth-oriented murals project (Community Engagement)

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