Category Archives: Williamston

GWBA Easter Egg Hunt March 28 in park

The Greater Williamston Business Association (GWBA) will sponsor their annual Easter Egg Hunt for ages 10 and under on Saturday, March 28 in Williamston’s Mineral Spring Park. Rain date for the event will be the following Saturday, Apr. 4.

Ages and time schedules are as follows: under three – 9:30 a.m., ages four and five – 10 a.m., ages six and seven – 10:30 a.m., and ages eight to ten – 11 a.m.

Drawings for prizes and grand prizes will be held for each age group prior to their scramble for candy, which this year will be enclosed in colorful plastic eggs. At the conclusion of the last hunt, a drawing will be held for a grand prize.

Residents hear more about new Lee Natural Gas Combined Cycle project

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By Stan Welch

More than fifty Williamston area residents attended a gathering at the Municipal Center hosted by Duke Energy to answer questions about the two pending projects at the Lee Steam Plant. The focus of the evening was Duke’s plans to decommission all coal burning power transmission units.

The replacement of two defunct coal fired generators with combined cycle generation, along with the upgrading of the current coal burning unit three, will end all use of coal at the plant.

The original Lee Steam plant was opened in 1951. It was officially retired as the last coal fed plant in SC on Nov. 4, 2014. Unit 3 at the facility will be upgraded to a single cycle gas turbine and will continue to generate electricity.

Site preparations are currently underway for construction of the new W. S. Lee Natural Gas Combined Cycle Facility. The new plant is almost identical to the recently completed Buck plant in North Carolina.

GWBA Easter Egg Hunt March 28 in park

The Greater Williamston Business Association (GWBA) will sponsor their annual Easter Egg Hunt for ages 10 and under on Saturday, March 28 in Williamston’s Mineral Spring Park. Rain date for the event will be the following Saturday, Apr. 4.

Drawings for prizes and grand prizes will be held for each age group prior to their scramble for candy, which this year will be enclosed in colorful plastic eggs. At the conclusion of the last hunt, a drawing will be held for a grand prize.

GWBA announces lineup for Party in the Park

The Greater Williamston Business Association Party in the Park will be held June 6. This event will be a an all day event in Mineral Spring Park beginning at 1 p.m. and continueing until at least 11 p.m., organizers said.

There will be great music, kids inflatables, face painting, food, drinks and much more!! “This is a free event, so bring all of your friends and family out for an exciting, fun day,” said GWBA president Robin Tucker.

The bands scheduled to play are the Eric Scott Band, Abby Leathers, Big Shot Jimmy, Dave Mauldin, Anna Leigh Band, and the Clay Page Band.

Town to request changes to street enhancement project

To address safety concerns

By David Meade

Williamston Town Council will officially request the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) to make a major adjustment to the recent Street Enhancement Project on West Main St.

Council received a recommendation Monday from the revived Williamston Streetscape/Street Enhancement Project Committee to address unforseen problems resulting from a portion of the project.

Besides numerous complaints about the new bulbouts, safety concerns have been raised about emergency vehicles being able to navigate West Main during peak traffic times. The primary concern is traffic backup and flow on West Main Street due to vehicles making a left turn onto Minor Street, particularly during school traffic.

Council approves funding for Party in the Park event

By David Meade

During their regular monthly meeting Monday, Williamston Town Council approved a funding request from the GWBA, a change in date for the Homestead Festival and heard a report from the Palmetto Area Cultural Arts Center.

Council approved a funding request from the Greater Williamston Business Association (GWBA) of $6000 for a Party in the Park event. According to GWBA president Robin Tucker, the one day event will be held on Saturday June 6 in Williamston’s Mineral Spring Park and will feature five or six bands.

Council moves forward in effort to hold mayor more accountable

Approves ordinance to set referendum on changing form of government

By David Meade

During their regular monthly meeting Monday, three Williamston Town Council members pushed forward with their efforts to have the mayor be more responsive to council by changing the form of government the town operates under.

With a 3-2 vote, council approved first reading on an ordinance setting a referendum on the question. Councilmembers Rockey Burgess, David Harvell and Otis Scott voted in favor of the referendum, while Councilman Tony Hagood sided with Mayor Mack Durham to leave the issue as it is.

Councilman Scott wasted no time making a motion to pass first reading on the issue and to hold second reading in two weeks at a special called meeting. Councilman Hagood seconded the motion for discussion, of which there was considerable.

Changing form of government on agenda for Council meeting March 2

By David Meade

Williamston Town Council held a work session Monday during which three members of Council and the mayor aired out differences which came to a head recently over the the town’s street enhancement project and which led to an effort to change the town’s current form of government. Jeff Shaker of the SC Municipal Association was also present at the meeting.

All three members of council in favor of the referendum had indicated that they feel they are not being kept informed on major issues affecting the town.

Councilman Otis Scott, who made the original motion to change the form of government during the February council meeting, said that he was elected by the people to represent them and he wants the people to decide if there should be a change.

Councilman Rockey Burgess pointed out several instances in which decisions were made and council found out about them after people in his Ward began complaining and questioning why something was done.

Burgess said, “It is very important that people know what is going on.”

Council work session previews March 2 meeting

By David Meade

During a work session held Monday, three members of Williamston Town Council and the mayor aired out differences which have led to an effort to change the town’s current form of government. The issue of how the mayor and council should govern came up for the second time in recent months after public blowback resulting from the town’s street enhancement project.

GWBA meeting rescheduled

The Greater Williamston Business Association (GWBA) meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 17 has been cancelled. The meeting is rescheduled for 12 noon on Thursday, Feb. 19 at the Career and Tech Center on Hwy. 20 in Williamston. All area business representatives are invited to attend.

Williamston – Icy Main Street

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While roads remained hazardous Tuesday, sidewalks were worse. Williamston’s East Main Street with icicles hanging from awnings and ice covered sidewalks. Most area businesses, government offices and schools were closed Tuesday due to the winter weather that passed through the area overnight. Some area residents experienced power outages with reports of outages in the West Pelzer and Belton area.

Ice trees – Williamston

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Ice covered trees and cane along Hamilton Street in Williamston.

Hillcrest Baptist offers shelter

Hillcrest Baptist Church, 1300 Anderson Drive in Williamston will be open as a shelter for anyone in need of a warm place to stay and/or a hot meal during the winter weather situation this week. The Hillcrest Baptist Church Shelter will be open Monday through Saturday night from 5 pm -9 am. A hot supper and breakfast will be served to those staying at the shelter. For additional information call 864- 847-7521. “Please help get the word out if you know anyone in need,” Hillcrest Pastor Larry Baldwin said. “Please send them our way!”

Winter weather tips from Williamston Police Department

Captian Kevin Marsee of the Williamston Police Department has these tips for dealing with the winter weather expected in the area-

 ”We are expecting a winter storm as early as late tonight continuing into Tuesday, Marsee said. “The Wiliamston Police Department is reminding motorists that winter driving can be hazardous, especially in regions of our area that may receive significant ice or snowfall. Wet weather, when compounded with cold temperatures and ice or snow, can make driving difficult.”

Shelters are available throughout the area. Also maintain contact with family members that may be ambulatory or relying on electricity for medical equipment.

Hillcrest Baptist Church, 1300 Anderson Drive in Williamston will be open as a shelter for anyone in need of a warm place to stay and/or a hot meal during the winter weather situation this week. The Hillcrest Baptist Church Shelter will be open Monday through Saturday night from 5 pm -9 am.

Town approves $100,000 to begin work on Master Plan

By David Meade

During their council meeting Monday, Williamston Town Council took another step forward in positioning the town for the future by approving funding for a Master Plan.

Council approved $75,000 in funding for a comprehensive Master Plan and an additional $25,000 for implementation of the plan.

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