Category Archives: Williamston

Duke Energy to remove coal ash by truck

From Lee Steam site

Officials with Duke Energy announced Thursday (Dec. 18) that they are planning to excavate 3.2 million tons of coal ash currently on the property of the Lee Steam Station near Williamston.

Duke Energy submitted filings to state regulators this week outlining the excavation plans. According to a new release, the company has selected Waste Management to excavate and transport ash from the inactive basin and ash fill area to a fully lined solid waste landfill in Homer, Ga., operated by Waste Management. Trucks will haul the ash because the landfill has no rail access.

Excavation of these two areas of the site represents about 44 percent of ash on the property and is expected to take about three years once Duke Energy receives SCDHEC approval of the plan and all required permits.

Main St. Director resigns

Williamston’s Main Street Program Director Caroline Alex has announced that she is resigning her position with the town’s economic development program effective Dec. 26. Alex has served as the programs coordinator for one year. She will be taking a position with Clemson University.

Williamston Mayor Mack Durham said he was “happy for Caroline” and “the town was fortunate to have had such a talented person to help get the program founded.” He said he was equally excited to begin the process of finding another professional to carry the program forward.

Durham said he will work with Main Street SC Director Beppie LeGrand and Main Street Williamston Board Chairman Jonathan Fowler during the interview process to find a new director for the Main Street Williamston program.

Scott to contest charges for removing mail box

By Stan Welch

As a result of a dispute with a neighbor, town councilman Otis Scott appeared before the judge in the Powdersville Summary Court last week, Scott, who currently serves on the Williamston Town Council as the Ward Four representative, has been charged with malicious damage to real property.

On October 2, Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputy B.S. Chandler received a telephone complaint from Daniel Keeler who once resided at 5 A Street in Williamston. Scott lives at 4 A Street. Keeler, who, according to the incident report on file at the ACSO, now lives in Forney Texas, but still owns the residence on A Street, complained that Scott had sent him an e-mail, telling him that on September 27 he had removed Keeler’s mailbox; which Scott claimed was on his property, and had placed it on Keeler’s front porch.

Williamston holiday schedule

The Town of Williamston offices will be closed Dec. 25 -26 and Jan. 1 for the Christmas/New Year holiday.

Trash pickup schedule for the week of Christmas will be Ward 1 and Ward 2 on Monday, Dec. 22, Ward 3 on Tuesday, Dec. 23 and Ward 4 on Wednesday, Dec. 24.

New Year’s week – Trash pickup for Ward 1 on Monday Dec. 29, Ward 2 on Tuesday Dec. 30, Ward 3 on Wed. Dec. 31 and Ward 4 on Friday Jan. 2, 2015.

Santa and Mrs. Claus

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Santa and Mrs. Claus wave to onlookers during the Williamston Christmas Parade.

Williamston Parade Grand Marshals

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Walt and Dorothy Smith were grand marshals of the 2014 Williamston Christmas Parade. Williamston Police Chief Tony Taylor was their driver for the event.

Towns to receive rec grants

West Pelzer, Williamston

By Stan Welch

The Anderson County Legislative Delegation met last Friday in their annual winter meeting, and awarded several recreation grants to various organizations and municipalities.

A proposed park along the East- West Parkway came closer to reality as $12,500 was granted by the delegation. The delegation, which has come under fire in recent months because of the General Assembly’s failure to fully fund the local aid to subdivisions, has argued that the shortfall is addressed in other ways, including the distribution of PARD funds.

Closer to home, both Williamston and West Pelzer received $5000 grants for use in improving their playground facilities. The towns of Belton and Honea Path received similar grants as well.

Memorial service planned for Police Officer

The Williamston Police Department will hold a Memorial Service to honor Officer Chester Bragg who died unexpectedly Sunday evening . Officer Bragg served the Williamston Police Department from June, 2013 until December of 2014. Previous service included a tour of duty with Greenville Police Department and also with SLED. The memorial service will be held Friday, December 12th at 5p.m.. at Cedar Grove Baptist Church located at 206 Moore Street in Simpsonville, SC. Law enforcement officers are encouraged to attend in uniform if possible.

Visit Christmas Park

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Four-year old twins Chaison and Emerson Brown and TaylorBlair King, all of Pelzer, enjoy the lights and displays in the Christmas Park in Williamston. The Christmas Park and Deck the Halls in the Municipal Center (Town Hall) are open for viewing nightly during December.

Town Council recognizes Palmetto Cheerleaders

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Williamston Town Council recognized the Palmetto High Competition Cheerleaders with a resolution congratulating them for their 2nd place finish in the SCHL 3A State Championship Competition in Greenville. A video of the runner-up performace was shown during the presentation.

Town approves sign ordinance, Hospital Street abandonment

By David Meade

During the Williamston Town Council meeting Monday, Main Street Williamston Executive Director Caroline Alex announced two property achievement awards which were presented to local businesses for investment in the town and facelift on property. Alex presented Modern Supply owner Patty Holcombe with the award for improvements and painting of their Main Street building. Fiesta Mexican Restaurant will also receive the award for their investment in Williamston.

Council unanimously approved second reading on a new sign ordinance and first reading on an ordinance to abandon a local street.

Alpha Phi Alpha to celebrate 108th founder’s day

At New Prospect Baptist

The Gamma Gamma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. will be marking its 108th Founder’s Day Celebration with a service on Sunday, December 7th at New Prospect Missionary Baptist Church in Williamston. Rev. Darrin K. Johnson, a GGL Brother, is the current pastor of the church and has invited all brothers in the Upstate area and their families to attend the service.

Cemetery Candlelight Service Dec. 11

The Williamston Cemetery Committee will observe its annual Memorial Candlelight Service at the Williamston Cemetery on Thursday, December 11 at 5 pm. An invocation will be offered by Mr. Dale Harper and special music will be provided for the evening. The public is invited and encouraged to attend and participate in the service. In the event of inclement weather, an alternate date will be announced. For questions, please contact Williamston Town Hall for committee contact information.

Christmas Parade/Event Information

Area parades and events include:

Greenville & Western Railway opens machinery distribution hub in Williamston

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Greenville & Western Railway Company, LLC (GRLW), a wholly owned subsidiary of Western Carolina Railway Service Corporation, held a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday (Nov. 20) for the Grand Opening of its Big Creek Machinery Distribution Hub, located at 210 Mill Street, in Williamston.

Through its partnership with CSX Transportation, BNSF Railway and BNSF Logistics, GRLW’s new facility offers a customizable turnkey solution for heavy machinery manufacturers and dealers to move their equipment door to door from origin point of import/manufacture in the Southeastern United States to destination point of export/domestic distribution anywhere on the North American rail network.

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