Category Archives: Williamston

Peeler visits Farmers Market

Bob Peeler

Former Lt. Governor Bob Peeler shakes hands with Walter Cook of The Lazy Farmer during his visit to the Palmetto Farmers Market at Williamston’s Mineral Spring Park on Thursday, July 23. (Photo by Michael Lollis)

Williamston, Pelzer officials attempt to define boundaries

Editor’s Note: The information in this article was posted to The Journal website as it happened last week.

By David Meade

The 30 days leading up to the final approval of the Pelzer annexation did see some drama, as Williamston officials wrestled with a ribbon annexation being pursued by Mayor Mack Durham, and Pelzer officials watched to see how it would affect their annexation.

The attempt to set, or reset, town boundaries for both towns began in June, just before a vote on incorporating the entire Pelzer voting precinct into the town of Pelzer. Pelzer’s annexation had been in the works for almost six months.

Williamston annexation tabled

In a vote held in Hilton Head Island Friday morning, Williamston Town Council unanimously tabled the Ribbon Annexation that has been pursued over the past six weeks.

Councilmembers Tony Hagood, Rockey Burgess and David Harvell along with Mayor Mack Durham voted 4-0 to table the issue. Councilman Otis Scott, attending the meeting in Williamston via a conference call, also voted to table.

Town Attoney Lee Cole and Town Clerk Michelle Starnes were present for the conference call. Cole asked those in Hilton Head for a voice rollcall vote which was unanimous.

Mayor Durham said the issue was tabled after one of the property owners expressed reservations about proceeding with it.

Special Called Meeting to be held in Hilton Head

For Second Reading on Annexation

Williamston Town Council will hold a special called meeting at the Hilton Head Marriott, One Hotel Circle in Hilton Head SC at 11:15 a.m. on Friday July 17 to hold second reading on the ribbon annexation being pursued by the town. Town Attorney Lee Cole and Town Clerk Michelle Starnes will be in Williamston and included via a phone conference call.

Annexation meeting postponed

A special called meeting of Williamston Town Council to hold second reading on a ribbon annexation was postponed Thursday morning due to lack of a quorum available for the meeting and questions about taking a vote electronically.

Proposed Ribbon Annexation back on the table in Williamston

Vote Thursday morning

By David Meade

The Town of Williamston will hold a special called meeting this Thursday morning (July 16) at 7:30 a.m. to hold second reading on the ribbon annexation of 13 properties. Mayor Mack Durham said he and Councilman David Harvell, along with Town Attorney Lee Cole, met with representatives of ten of the property owners Tuesday to discuss proceeding with the proposed strip annexation.

Mayor Durham said the meeting may include a video conference with several council members who will be on their way to a State Municipal meeting being held in Hilton Head this week. Durham said the town plans to proceed with the ribbon annexation and that the property owners that attended the meeting Monday are on board.

Freedom Celebration this Friday – July 3rd


By David Meade

The Town of Williamston will host their annual Freedom Celebration and Fireworks event on Friday July 3 with music, food, a cruise-in and fireworks show. There will be food vendors in the park Friday beginning at noon until offering barbecue, hotdogs, funnel cakes, sno-cones, mini-donuts, boiled p-nuts and old fashioned ice cream.

Food vendors include Hey Bo / Sassy Sow BBQ, Grandma’s Real Homemade Ice Cream , Wrights Snowballs & Mini Donuts, The Dog House, Paw Paw & Ganmaw Peanuts, TKO Concessions Funnel Cakes.

The Williamston Fire Department and McDonald’s will sponsor a cruise-in at the Town Square Center parking lot which begins at 5 p.m. Persons who purchase a $1 ticket will have the opportunity to win $50 at each of three drawings at 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. McDonald’s will have $1 food and drink specials.

Live music on the park amphitheater stage will begin at 7 p.m. with Jukebox 45, a classic oldies rock and roll band featuring songs from the 50s, 60s and 70s. The band covers some of the greatest musicians of all times including Bill Haley and the Comets, The Everly Brothers, The Righteous Brothers, Bee Gees, Elvis and many more.

The Town of Williamston is sponsoring the fireworks show which will begin around 9:30 the ballfield area behind the Municipal Center

Pictured above Jukebox 45 to entertain Friday - Many memories are kindled by the thoughts of a Jukebox and a special “45” being played on it. If you remember those times, or just missed out, the band will take you back to the 50’s 60’s and 70’s. Jukebox 45 includes lead singer Bob Fitzgerald from Watertown, New York; Michael Blocker on bass and vocals from Fountain Inn: Bryan Styles from Greer on drums; Wally Lauzon from Providence Road Island on keyboard and vocals and Art Creaney from Chicago Illinois on lead guitar and vocals. They will be performing Friday beginning at 7 p.m. in Williamston’s Mineral Spring Park as part of the annual Freedom Celebration and Fireworks event.

Austin Webb to headline Spring Water Festival Entertainment


By David Meade

If you’ve heard of Austin Webb, you probably know he has been in Nashville for the past couple of years, paying his dues and working on making it in the music business. If you’ve kept up with him, you know he is well on his way. If you haven’t heard of Austin Webb, you will.

The hometown “country music star” is currently performing at some of this year’s biggest country music festivals and fairs with some of country music’s biggest names including Florida Georgia Line, Joe Nichols, Jake Owen, The Band Perry, Parmalee, Eric Paslay, Frankie Ballard and more. He just opened a show for Charlie Daniels.

In May, his latest single release, “All Country On You,” broke the Top 40 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart and is getting airplay across the country and locally. With the success of that release and building on previous singles, a busy touring schedule is taking him across the country.

In August he will be back in South Carolina, performing a special “homecoming show” in his hometown of Williamston. Webb will headline the 2015 Spring Water Festival on Saturday, Aug. 22.

Freedom Celebration July 3rd

By David Meade

The Town of Williamston will host their annual Freedom Celebration and Fireworks event on Friday July 3 with music, food, a cruise-in and fireworks show.

Live music on the park amphitheater stage will begin at 7 p.m. and feature Jukebox 45 Band, a classic oldies rock and roll band featuring songs from the 50s, 60s and 70s.

Toddlers Playground dedication


Williamston officials were joined by a number of children in Mineral Spring Park to celebrate the new toddler’s playground equipment. Pictured (l-r) are: Councilman Rockey Burgess, Mayor Mack Durham, Park Committee Chairman Kempie Shepard, Councilman David Harvell, Councilman Otis Scott and a bunch of happy children.

Summer Art Camps offered at The Artory

Summer Art and Music Camps at The Artory will be held the weeks of June 22 through June 26, and July 20 through July 24. This summer, students have the options of attending one camp, or both camps at a reduced rate. Registration fees are: $50 for Music Camp only, $75 for Art Camp only, $75 for two Music Camps, or $100 for Art and Music Camps. Two camps comes with a bag lunch each day. All students receive a Camp T-Shirt.

Providing services one of issues in annexation

By David Meade

Just in case you haven’t had enough annexation information, The Journal looked into a few questions that arose over the two week period leading up to the Williamston ribbon annexation which was tabled last Monday, and the Pelzer annexation referendum which was held last Tuesday.

Pelzer is one of the few towns in South Carolina that have used the 25 percent annexation by petition method but it is not the only one. According to Jeff Shaker of the SC Municipal Association, the method is the least used of the three methods available for annextion in South Carolina.

Shaker said the town of Springdale recently tried unsuccessfully to use the process in a situation that was similar to the Pelzer-Williamston annexation situation. According to Shaker, the City of West Columbia is providing utilities to the area intended to be incorporated by Springdale.

In the Williamston-Pelzer situation, Williamston supplies water to the Fred’s property and three other properties including Heatherly’s garage, Ashmore’s and a new residence on Courtney Street extension. Williamston also serves the Brookview Circle area mobile home subdivision.

Mayor updates town projects for GWBA

During the GWBA meeting Tuesday, Williamston Mayor Mack Durham gave an update on projects and other issues affecting the town recently.

Mayor Durham said the Envision Williamston workshop on Monday allowed residents to give input on the future of the downtown and surrounding area. Durham said the focus on walking brings customers to the downtown area. He said the town is looking at providing more handicapped accessible sidewalks and walking trails and eventually downtown residential. “Walkability and bikability is good for business,” he said.

Durham said that recent improvements at Brookdale Park included a small sidewalk and six truckloads of top soil along with some painting and refurbishing. At the request of area residents, a shelter has been installed at the Gray Drive walking track.

GWBA Party in the Park event “A huge success”

Greater Williamston Business Association

By David Meade

During the Greater Williamston Business Association meeting Tuesday, members heard a report on Party in the Park and Williamston Mayor Mack Durham gave an update on town projects.

GWBA President Robin Tucker said the Party in the Park was a “huge success” and that there was “a wide variety of food to choose from to eat.” Tucker thanked sponsors and the Palmetto Junior Air Force ROTC unit which helped sell drinks during the event.

Tucker said Medshore and Williamston Police Department were there and the Restoration Church “did a really great job with the kids area.” Tucker also thanked the Town of Williamston for their support of the event.

Co-organizer Christ Trotter said crowds were hard to estimate because people were coming and going. He said it was “a huge success” and estimated 3000 to 4000 people attended the all day event.

Input gathered now to be used for future planning


Envision Williamston

By David Meade

Approximately 20 people participated in an Envision Williamston open house workshop held Monday at the Williamston Municipal Center. Tee Coker of Arnett Muldrow & Associates and Jack Cebe of Alta Planning led the session

Areas looked at included: streetscaping and traffic; commercial architecture and development; residential architecture and development; public space amenities,; parking; parks and open space and street furnishings such as signage, lighting and benches.

Please visit and