Category Archives: Williamston

Budget clarification – no tax increase being proposed

Clarification – Williamston Mayor Mack Durham said Thursday the town’s proposed budget at this time does not include a tax increase. During a budget work shop held Tuesday, Williamston Town Council members and department heads previewed the town’s 2016-17 budget.

As reported in this week’s Journal, there was some discussion about a tax increase as well as possible increases in the water/sewer rate and other fees. During the discussion, Councilman Rockey Burgess brought up that the town had not had a tax increase in a number of years but there was no specific discussion about raising taxes.

Mayor Durham told The Journal Thursday that the draft budget does not require a tax increase and he is not proposing one. The proposed budget that will be presented to Town Council for first reading Monday is a balanced budget with revenues of $2,947,373 and expenses of $2,947,373.

Farmfest to celebrate local farmers products

Opening event for farmers market

Farmfest, a celebration of local farmers, will be held in Mineral Spring Park this Saturday, April 30th, from 9AM – 1PM. The event will feature farm related displays and local products as well as entertainment and educational sessions.

The event will feature bluegrass music with Jack Ellenburg, Nancy Carroll, and friends. Jody McFarlin of Rock Farms has arranged a display of antique tractors. Free garden activity books from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds will be given to the first 100 children.

Williamston considering tax, fee increases in budget

By David Meade

During a budget work shop held Tuesday, Williamston Town Council members and department heads previewed the town’s 2016-17 budget. The proposed budget includes a tax increase as well as possible increases in the water/sewer rate and other fees.If the town does increase the millage rate, it will be the first time in years. Currently any tax millage increase is limited due to Act 388 and based on CPI and growth. There was some dicussion about raising the garbage fee, which was reduced slightly several years ago.

Cedar Grove Elementary student overall winner in state litter art contest

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Palmetto Pride Litter Trashes Everyone Art Contest

Anna Reedy from Cedar Grove Elementary School in Williamston (left) took top honors as State Winner in the PalmettoPride 2015-2016 Litter Trashes Everyone Art Contest. Winners were announced at a meet and greet with the Honorable Nikki R. Haley at the State House Wednesday. Governor Haley congratulated the students on their creativity and leadership in educating others about the effects of litter.

Envision Williamston photo contest underway

The Town of Williamston and their new economic development program Envision Williamston are sponsoring a photography contest through May 10. All area amateur and professional photographers are invited to participate in the Williamston in Focus Photography Contest. Participants in the contest can submit photos celebrating local historic, cultural, recreational and economic assets, according to Envision Williamston Executive Director Sonya Crandall.

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. Additional details and entry forms are available on the new EW website at www.envisionwilliamston.com

Sporting Clay Shooting Tournament this Friday

Palmetto Business Association

The Palmetto Business Association (former Greater Williamston Business Association) is sponsoring a sporting clay shooting tournament this Friday, Apr. 22, at the Belton Gun Club. Organizers are still accepting teams for the event. Entry fee of $80 per person/$320 for four person team includes clay targets, ammo and prizes for winners.

Prizes include: First Place teams will win $400 cash. First Place top scorer will win a Yeti cooler. First runner-up will win gift certificates to Foothills Pawn and Ace Hardware. Second runner-up will win four Yeti Ramblers.

Business Association now using new name

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Palmetto Business Association

The Greater Williamston Business Association is now officially known as the Palmetto Business Association (PBA). During their monthly meeting Tuesday, members of the newly renamed organization chose a logo designed by students at the Career and Technology Center to reflect the new name. The winning logos were designed by CTC students (l-r) Emily Mitchell (BHP), Rachel Melton (Wren High) and Brooke McKinney (Wren High). The students are in the Digital Art & Design program under Danita Swaney at the Career and Technology Center.

The new logo features a Palmetto Tree in the Palmetto portion of the organization’s name and contiues to use colors similar to those used in the past. The new logo will begin to be used on all promotional materials and the organization’s new website which is currently under construction.

Brock Lane Dedication

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A dedication program was held Sunday for Williamston’s newest street, Brock Lane, located just off Williams Street. As part of the program, an original version of the sign was presented to Rita Brock, widow of Wayne Brock, whom the street was named. Making the presentation were Williamston Town Councilman Ward 3 David Harvell, Ward 4 Councilman Otis Scott, Rita Brock, Mayor Mack Durham, and Ward 2 Councilman Rockey Burgess. (Courtesy photos by EW Director Sonya Crandall)

Planning Commission oks rezone

The Town of Williamston Planning Commission unanimously approved a request to re-zone property located at 304 Beaverdam Road from residential to highway commercial. The recommendation from the Planning Commission will now be considered by Williamston Town Council at their May 2 meeting. No one spoke at a public hearing held before the vote.

The property is just over 28 acres and was known as the D. R. Chastain property. Plans for the property call for an 80 ft.x 150 ft.. steel warehouse building with a concrete floor which will be used for a warehouse for the Deal’s Grocery Store. A 200 ft. buffer will be on the back side of the property to separate the commercial property from residential property on Glendale Ave.

Hearing Thursday on rezoning of property

The Town of Williamston Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on April 14, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at the Williamston Municipal Center, 12 W. Main Street when they meet to consider a request to re-zone property located at 304 Beaverdam Road, from residential to highway commercial.

The Planning Commisssion will make their recommendation concerning amending the Zoning Map to Williamston Town Council. The property (Anderson County TMS Number 221-00-03-002) will be rezoned from R-1 – Residential to HC – Highway Commercial.

Williamston plans $1.576 million water meter upgrade

The Town of Williamston will apply for a $1.576 million USDA Federal loan to purchase 2400 automated meter readers for the town. Williamston Town Council held a public hearing Monday on the proposal. The 20 year loan will have a 2.25 percent interest rate and will cost the town aproximately $8,300 each month. Notice of the public hearing was published in a local daily newspaper. No one spoke during the hearing. There was brief discussion on the project by Council.

Town approves upcoming events

By David Meade

During their meeting Monday, Williamston Town Council approved several requests for upcoming events and heard details on a Spring photography contest.

Council unanimously approved a request to hold an event in Mineral Spring Park. The Praise in the Park event will be held on Sunday May 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will include worship music and sermon, worship, games and activities for children and free food and beverages.

Council unanimously approved a request by the Palmetto Business Association (Former Greater Williamston Business Association) for $6500 in funding for two Party in the Park events.

Envision Williamston announces spring photo contest

The Town of Williamston and their new economic development program Envision Williamston are sponsoring a photography contest through May 10. All area amateur and professional photographers are invited to participate in the Williamston in Focus Photography Contest.

WPD issues 67 warnings

Williamston Police Chief Tony Taylor reported the following stats for the Williamston Police Department during March: Keep Check 541; Traffic stops 120; Incident reports filed 65; Premise Check 44; Business Check 43;COP 3; Arrestes 19; Tickets written 53; Warnings 67.

Williamston Fire Chief finalist for national award

Your vote on Facebook can help WFD earn a $10,000 donation

Williamston Fire Chief Steve Ellison has been selected as a finalist for Liberty Mutual Insurance’s National Firemark Award that recognizes local firefighters for valor and exceptional service in the community. From April 1st-20th, the public is invited to learn more about all nominees on Liberty Mutual’s Facebook page and vote for who they think is most deserving of the national award. The winners of the Liberty Mutual National Firemark Award will earn a $10,000 donation to their fire departments and a trip for four to Manhattan for a fun weekend.

Chief Ellison has served for 38 years as a volunteer fireman at the Williamston Fire Department and has been chief for 22 years. In his tenure as chief, Ellison has pioneered a program attended by over 600 high school students each year.

With the goal of keeping kids safe during prom season, students assemble on the football field and watch a reenactment of a DUI-related car crash complete with student and parent actors from the school, ambulances and a medevac helicopter.

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