Category Archives: Williamston

Downed tree causes power outage in Williamston – Friday


Williamston firefighters stand by at the scene of a large tree limb that fell Friday night (Aug. 26) The limb took down power lines when it fell. The intersection of Tower and Lander Streets was blocked for several hours. (Photo by David Rogers)

T. G. Sheppard talks with fan at Spring Water Festival


T. G. Sheppard talks with one of the many fans who lined up to meet the Country Music entertainer after his show at the Spring Water Festival Saturday evening. Thousands of people came out for the annual event despite a hot afternoon. More on Spring Water Festival to come!

T. G. Sheppard – “I’m blessed to be able to do what I do”


Interview with T. G. Sheppard – By David Meade

Classic Country Legend T. G. Sheppard has been in the music business for more than 50 years. During that time he went from being a fan of many of the country music greats, to working with and becoming friends with them.

Leaving his home in Humboldt, Tennessee, at the age of 15, he went to Memphis to begin his career. He became friends with Elvis. He started as a performer, then became a successful record promotion executive with the ability to pick a hit song and promote it.

But Sheppard kept thinking of his own career in music, which led him back to being a singer/entertainer, eventually having 21 number one hits.

Spring Water Festival T-shirts now available

480Springwater 2016 tee shirtsThe Spring Water Festival will be celebrating their 35th year this weekend with free kids activities, amusement rides, more than 100 business and craft vendors, antique and classic auto show, 5K run, trail walk and live music.

Festival T-shirts are now available in advance until Friday at ERS Radio Shack and The Journal. Designs include a new “Spring Life” heather blue T-shirt and a Mineral Spring Park – “One Of The Oldest Public Parks in the Country” heather orange T-shirt. Both T-shirts will be available at the festival for $10 each.

Town annexes two properties, to purchase two more

By David Meade

During a special called meeting Monday, Williamston Town Council approved the purchase of two tracts of property that will allow the town to make improvements related to economic development. The purchase of the properties at 209 Mauldin Street and 526 West Main Street were recommended in the town’s Community Master Plan which was completed last year.

The plan is part of a revitalization and economic development comprehensive master plan the town formulated through the Envision Williamston program. The Mauldin Street property is being purchased for $10,000, while the West Main property will be purchased for $28,000.

Hands-only CPR class at festival

The Williamston Fire Department is teaming up with 123 Buildings and the American Heart Association to provide hands-only CPR at the 2016 Spring Water Festival. Hands-only CPR has been shown to be as effective as conventional CPR for cardiac arrest at home, at work, or in public. It can double or even triple a victim’s chance of survival.

All adults are encouraged to attend this free training, where they will be able to learn and practice this life saving skill. Classes will be held at the Williamston Fire Department on Saturday, August 27, every 20 minutes from 9 am until 4 pm.

Police Department to sponsor training sessions

Dealing with the Mentally Ill

The Williamston Police Department is hosting two free training sessions on “Dealing with the Mentally Ill” September 27 and 28 at the Anderson Districts I & II. Career and Technology Center, 702 Belton Highway. Williamston. The training sessions will begin at 8:30 AM and end at 12:30 PM in the Multi-Purpose Room. Refreshments will be provided. The same class will repeat each day to give more first responders the opportunity to attend.

The training programs are designed to educate and prepare first responders who come into contact with people with severe mental illnesses to recognize the signs and symptoms of these illnesses, and to respond effectively and appropriately to people who are experiencing a psychiatric crisis.

Spring Water Festival Entertainment Offers Something for Everyone

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The Spring Water Festival being held next week in Williamston’s Mineral Spring Park will offer a variety of live entertainment for all ages. Country Legend T. G. Sheppard will headline entertainment on Saturday, August 27. He will perform many of his 21 number one hits from a career in the music business spanning 50 years.

Music lovers will also have the opportunity to see an up and coming teen singer from Chapin SC who is already making a name for herself across the state. Shelby Raye is a 15 year old who has a passion for all genres of music and will perform covers of current favorites by some of the top female country artists and some of her own.

Alexander to run for Williamston Town Council Ward 4 seat

AlexanderResChris Alexander, 41, of Belton Drive, Williamston announced last week that he is running for the Williamston Town Council Ward 4 seat. Alexander is a 1993 graduate of Palmetto High School and a 1998 graduate of Tri -County Tech with a degree in business management. He presently works for Sealed Air Cryovac in Simpsonville as a graphic artist. He also serves on the Williamston Planning Commission.

Alexander said he had given a lot of thought over the last year to running for the Ward 4 seat. “I wanted to contribute to the town in some way and this could do it,” he said. “To not be a bystander.”

Volunteers stuff Book Bags

Duke Energy Backpacks-480The Williamston Police Department hosted their annual book bag and school supply give-away event for children in the community Saturday in Mineral Spring Park. Duke Energy volunteers helped stuff the nearly 500 book bags on Friday at the Williamston Municipal Center gym in preparation for the back-to-school event. Lunch was served afterward. Pictured are Emily DeRoberts, District Manager for the SC Government and Community Relations Team and Duke Energy Foundation Representative, Ryan Mosier of Duke Energy Corporate Communications and Steve Bryant. The event was sponsored by the Williamston Police Department, Duke Energy, Community First Bank, First Citizens Bank, Ace Hardware, and Mount Pleasant Baptist Church.

Book Bag giveaway August 13 – Mineral Spring Park

The Annual Back to School Supply/Book Bag Giveaway for kids in the Williamston, Pelzer, West Pelzer and Belton area will be held Saturday, August 13 from 12 pm – 1 pm in Williamston’s Mineral Spring Park. The event is being sponsored by the Williamston Police Department, Duke Energy, Community First Bank, First Citizens Bank, Ace Hardware, and Mount Pleasant Baptist Church.

Minor Street road work

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An Anderson County Roads and Bridges crew lays down asphalt to fix a damaged section of road  on Minor Street in Williamston on Thursday morning. A storm drain runs underneath the portion of road that was repaired.

Williamston plans to go to radio read water meters

$1.576 million project

By David Meade

During a special called meeting Monday, Williamston Town Council unanimously approved a Letter of Conditions for a $1.576 million USDA loan for radio read meters. The project includes purchasing and installing 2415 new meters.

According to USDA representative Debi Greene, the town did not qualify for a grant but did qualify for the low rate loan. The 20 year loan will be at 2.25 percent. Greene explained the repayment terms and conditions for the loan. The town is approved for the federal funding however is not locked into the loan at this time.

According to Greene, the town has a five year period from the signing of the actual loan closing. Gre

Books open for Williamston election

Books are now open for filing for anyone interested in running for office in Williamston. Offices to be voted on in the town election include Mayor, Council Ward 3 and Council Ward 4. Citizens desiring to be candidates for one of the offices may file at the Williamston Municipal Center, 12 W. Main St., Williamston.

Williamston Town Council special meeting

Williamston Town Council will hold a special called meeting Monday August 8 at 6:30 p.m. for second reading on election ordianance changes and to review a Letter of Conditions for a USDA loan for Radio Read Meters.

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