Category Archives: Williamston

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)

Community loses two dedicated firemen in recent weeks

Website firefighter funeral

By David Meade

The Williamston Fire Department and community held funeral services last week for former Fire Chief and resident Tommy W. Walker, 89.

Walker was one of the early firefighters still around. He started his career as a volunteer Williamston fireman when he was only 13 years old, according to his daughter Debbie. “He would help Daddy Tom, my granddad, because he was hard of hearing,” she said. “He started going to fires to hear for him so it would not be so dangerous.”

Funeral service held for Former Williamston Fire Chief

Website firefighter funeral

A restored 1936 fire truck carries the casket of former longtime Williamston Fire Chief Tommy Walker as it passes by the Williamston Fire Department on Wednesday. The station’s flag was lowered to half mast. Walker served several years as Assistant Fire Chief and thirty-five years as Fire Chief. The funeral service was held Wednesday at Williamston First Baptist Church. The funeral procession travelled to Forest Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum where Walker was entombed. (Photo by Michael Lollis)

Miss SC Pageant underway this week

rez-Miss Anderson County Teen

Two local contestants, Rachel Wyatt of Piedmont and Brooklyn Brewster of Williamston, will represent the area in the Miss South Carolina and Miss South Carolina Teen Pageants underway this week in Columbia. Wyatt is competing as Miss Clemson and will perform a Jazz Dance for talent and a platform of Enriching the Lives of Special Needs Adults. Brewster, competing as Miss Anderson County Teen, won the Talent preliminary Tuesday with a baton routine.

Zoning Board to meet June 28

The Board of Zoning Appeals for the Town of Williamston will meet on Tuesday, June 28, at 6 p.m. at the Williamston Municipal Center. The Board will consider a request from Gerald Burger for a variance to erect a structure on his property at 134 Crown Court. At present the plan does not comply with the setback requirements set forth in the Code of Ordinances for the Town of Williamston. The meeting will be open to the public. Any interested party may appear and be heard at this meeting in person, by agent, or by attorney.

Budget work session rescheduled

The Williamston Town Council budget work session set for Tuesday night (June 21) has been rescheduled to Thursday June 23, 2016 at 7 p.m. due to the death of Tommy Walker, who played a vital role in the Town of Williamston and served as the town’s first fire chief.

During their regular monthly meeting last Monday (June 13), Council tabled second reading on the 2016-17 budget due to last minute changes presented prior to the meeting. The requested changes restricted the transfer of appropriations between line items for salaries and any transfers greater than $10,000 between line items or departments.

Williamston Rite Aid now a “Wellness Store:


Rite Aid in Williamston is held a grand reopening for its newly remodeled “Wellness Store” with a ribbon cutting this Friday, June 10. The Rite Aid Wellness Store features expanded pharmacy services and an enhanced selection of wellness products.

The new store format, which debuted in spring of 2011, is part of Rite Aid’s continued commitment to providing services, products, and resources to help its customers and their families live healthy lives. Wellness Stores also have pharmacists with special training in diabetes care, medication management and the ability to immunize against about a dozen diseases including flu, pneumonia, shingles and whooping cough.

Officials address concerns about youth facility

During their meeting Monday, Williamston Town heard concerns from a citizen about the youth facility being located on Williams Street which was followed by a presentation of information by representatives of the facility. The old Williamston hospital building on Williams Street is being renovated for the facility which will be known as the Williamston Youth Academy.

Matt Johnson, a resident of Gatewood Subdivision, said he has questions and concerns about what he called a Troubled Teen Home being located on Williamst St. and the effects it may have on Gatewood, the town and nearby towns.

Budget vote tabled due to last minute changes – Williamston

By David Meade

During their monthly meeting Monday, Williamston Town Council tabled second reading on the 2016-17 budget and approved several zoning related items and a resolution requesting help to fix a road problem on Minor Street. Just before addressing the budget, Council also went into executive session to receive legal advice from the town attorney related to a recommendation for last minute changes in the budget.

Upon returning to open session, a vote on the budget was tabled after Mayor Mack Durham expressed concerns about last minute changes which he said had been presented to him that afternoon.

Councilman Rockey Burgess requested changes in the ordinance to adopt the budget that would restrict the transfer of appropriations between line items for salaries or any transfers greater than $10,000 between line items or departments.

Williamston Rite Aid to hold Grand Re-opening Friday

For Newly Remodeled “Wellness Store”

Rite Aid in Williamston is holding a grand reopening for its newly remodeled “Wellness Store” in with a ribbon cutting this Friday, June 10 at 10 a.m. The Rite Aid Wellness Store features expanded pharmacy services and an enhanced selection of wellness products.

Williamston Council to vote Monday on budget

Hospitality Tax funding included

By David Meade

Williamston Town Council will hold a public hearing and final reading on the 2016-17 budget at their meeting on Monday, June 13 which will be held at 6:30 p.m. The General Fund Budget shows revenues and expenses of $2,967,373. The Water Fund budget is $931,300. The Sewer Fund budget is $968,000.

During a work session held Tuesday Council members, discussion focused on four primary issues. Two were road repairs and codes enforcement. The other two involved an administrative position and use of hospitality tax funds for some budget requests.

Recreation, hospitality funding top discussion during budget work shop

By David Meade

Williamston Town Council held a budget work session last Thursday May 26 in preparation of finalizing their 2016-17 budget. Mayor Mack Durham, along with Councilmembers and Department Heads went through each department discussing various details of the budget. Most of the discussion was related to Parks and Recreation and the Hospitality Tax fund.

Mayor Durham said he planned to continue the area recreation program with subsidies from the county and other two municipalities. He said he had sent a formal letter to Pelzer, West Pelzer and Anderson County about his proposal to continue to offer a recreation program for the area. Durham said he is requesting $5000 from the county to help fund recreation for children who live in the county and who are outside the municipalities.

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