Category Archives: Williamston

Restoration Chapel to honor local officials and first responders

Restoration Chapel will honor local government officials, first responders and business leaders during a special service this Sunday, Sept. 21 at 10:45 a.m. All area leaders and first responders are invited to Restoration Chapel for the special honor recognition.

“During this time we would like to personally acknowledge you and thank you for all that you have done. Most importantly, we would like you to know that Restoration Chapel is praying for you, your family, and your surrounding community,” Restoration Chapel Senior Pastor Bobby Winburn said.

No change in government, no water bill credits in near future

In Williamston

By David Meade

A proposal to change the form of government in Williamston has been dropped and water customers will not be seing a bill credit, at least for now. During their regular monthly meeting Monday, Williamston Town Council acted on several agenda items postponed from the last meeting and decided to move forward on new way-finding signs.

Council also heard several reports and presentations:

Residents concerned with storm washout


At Gatewood Subdivision

By David Meade

During the Williamston Town Council meeting Monday, a resident of the Gatewood Subdivision, off Mill St. expressed concerns about a storm related washout at the Gatewood entrance. The damage occurred recently following heavy downpours resulting in backflow at the culverts where Big Creek flows under the road at the Gatewood entrance.

Historic Commission unveils new logo, project

Formerly the Williamston Area Historic Commission, the Williamston Historic Commission (WHC) recently dropped the word “Area” and redesigned the organization’s logo. “Given the recent establishment of the Main Street Williamston initiative, the moves were made to be more consistent with the growing economic and preservation developments,” said founding member Jonathan Fowler. The logo, designed by the same firm responsible for the town’s branding, pays homage to the Gossett School with the primary image being a representation of the building’s ornate windows.


Coming this Fall, the WHC will sponsor an Oral History Project with help from local schools and colleges. Beyond the written histories and photographs, there are thousands of stories from Williamston’s past that should be recorded for future citizens to hear. More details will follow. If you are interested in telling your stories, please contact Jonathan Fowler at (864) 245-7567 or visit the WHC Facebook page. WHC’s Facebook page,, will also feature photos and trivia

Volkswagen show, campout Sept. 12-13

All types of Volkswagens including campers, restored, custom and rails will be back in Williamston in September – Steve White Volkswagen Camp Out and Show will be running on September 12th and 13th. On Friday September 12, camping will be allowed in the park by permit only. Last year over 30 VW Buses, Rabbits, and Bugs and many with tents camped out next to Big Creek. For more information on camping, or to register to camp, please contact Blake Sanders at


On Saturday, September 13, a VW only cruise-in style show will be held from 10 am until 4 pm. Last year the show offered close-up views of 115 VW’s. Local VW parts and memorabilia distributors will have select items available for purchase.

GWBA food vendors will be available for lunch. Door prizes will be held continually throughout the day for show attendees. In addition there will be a free corn hole tournament starting at 10:00am. To register email Blake Sanders at with your team member’s name (limited to 2 people per team), team name, and contact information. Show vehicle registration is not required.

The event is 100% free and open to the public due to the continued support of Steve White Volkswagen, Autech, and GWBA.

Williamston Fire Department receives Class 3 ISO rating


By David Meade

The Williamston Fire Department has been working steadily for the last three years to make the all volunteer fire department one of the best in the state. Their efforts paid off when the results of a recent ISO evaluation gave them a Class 3 rating.

“We scored the highest ever scored for an all volunteer department across the state,” said 20 year veteran Fire Chief Steve Ellison.

An ISO Class 3 designation is not an easy thing to achieve. “Normally it takes a fulltime fire department to get it,” Ellison said.

Town Council holds pre-meeting worksession

By David Meade

During a worksession Tuesday, Williamston Town Council discussed several items that will be on the agenda at the next meeting of Council, Monday Sept. 8. Several items were tabled during the August meeting due to a lengthy meeting.

During the worksession, Williamston Mayor Mack Durham presented council with a water filter which he said he would like to consider making available to the town’s residents.

Durham said the filter is an alternative to a one time $10 reduction in the water bill which Councilman Rockey Burgess had indicated he would like for council to consider. Burgess had said that he wanted to offer residents something because of recent taste and odor problems experienced by water customers.

Planning Commission to present sign information

By Stan Welch

The Town of Williamston Planning Commission is in the process of evaluating and reworking the town’s sign ordinance and how to best fit signs into the new Main Street program.

The placement of signs in or along SCDOT rights-of-way is a key issue, and Commission member Jim Simpson reported that DOT would be providing a map of Hwy. 20 through town, clarifying the width of the rights-of-way in various places. He added that DOT is very strict in terms of line of sight obstructions.

One of the hottest . . .

rezKids in water

Organizers of the 33rd Annual Spring Water Festival said the event may have broken two records this year. With a high temperature of 96 degrees and a heat index of 105, the festival was one of the hottest in recent memory. That heat in turn affected attendance, which was off considerably. Springwater Committee Chairman David Meade said he estimated that attendance for the festival, which normally ranges from 6000 to 10,000 over two days, was off by about 50 percent.

“The above average temperature and high heat index definitely affected our crowd,” Meade said. “It was extremely hot on Saturday. People were just staying home and staying cool.” Those who did brave the heat and came to the festival enjoyed great entertainment, displays and a variety of items in the craft area, he said. “Most of our crowd came early and there was a steady crowd of visitors throughout the day in the shaded area around the Spring House, food area and the craft area,” Meade said.

Lucas Hoge


Nationally know recording artist Lucas Hoge performs on the Amphitheater Stage during the 33rd Annual Spring Water Festival on Saturday. Hoge, who has recently performed before crowds as large as 17,000 or more, drove straight from a show in Texas to play the show. He said it was only his second time performing in South Carolina and that he enjoyed playing to the small but appreciative crowd in Williamston who braved the heat to come hear him. “You have a beautiful town,” he said.

More on the festival in this week’s Journal.


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