Category Archives: Williamston

Greenville & Western Railway opens machinery distribution hub in Williamston


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.

Special Events Planned for the Holidays

By David Meade

The Holiday Season is here and annual events and new events will abound for those looking for something special to do.

In addition to area parades, there is a Reindeer Run, Charles Dickens dinner and theater, Mill Town Players presentation of “A Christmas Carol” and more.

Opening night ceremony for lighting of the Christmas Park and Deck the Halls will be held this Saturday, November 29 at 5:50 p.m. in Williamston’s Mineral Spring Park.

Christmas Park opening this Saturday

Opening night ceremony for the Christmas Park and Deck the Halls will be held this Saturday, November 29 beginning at 5:50 p.m. at the amphitheater stage in Williamston’s Mineral Spring Park.

Williamston Mayor Mack Durham will open with a welcome which will be followed by Opening prayer by Pastor Jon Feusse of Midway Bible Church, Pelzer Santa will arrive on the Williamston Historic 1936 Fire Truck at 6 p.m.

Cemetery Candlelight Service December 11

The Williamston Cemetery Committee will observe its annual Memorial Candlelight Service at the Williamston Cemetery on Thursday, December 11 at 6 pm. An invocation will be offered by Mr. Dale Harper and special music will be provided for the evening. Along with the mayor and town council, 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. Please contact Williamston Town Hall 864-847-7473 for committee contact information.

Mustangs AAA State Runner-Up

V Cheer State Competition- Palmetto-16res

Palmetto High School Competition Cheerleaders celebrate their second place finish in the South Carolina Highs School League State AAA Cheer Competition held Saturday at the Bons Secour Wellness Arena in Greenville. Chapin High School claimed the AAA crown, winning their South Carolina-record 10th state title in competitive cheerleading.

Williamston Christmas Parade December 13

The Williamston Christmas Parade will be held Saturday, December 13 at 3 p.m.. Theme for the parade will be “Keep Christ in Christmas.” Parade Chairman Walter Smith, Sr. will be celebrating his 25th year organizing the event. Smith said there is no fee to enter the annual parade, but encourages entrants to bring plenty of candy.

Registration forms are available at the Williamston Municipal Center or participants can call Town Hall at 847-7473 and give a name and type of entry. A registration form must be filled out for an entry to be judged, Smith said. Registration deadline for judging is Thursday, Dec. 4.

GWBA elects new officers

By David Meade

During their meeting Tuesday, Greater Williamston Business Association (GWBA) members elected new officers for the upcoming year.

Elected to serve in 2015 are: President-Robin Tucker; 1st Vice President-Mike Simpson; 2nd Vice President- Tammy Pitt; 3rd Vice President-Lee Cole; Treasurer- Nancy Sisk; Secretary-Paula Payton.

Board Members at Large include Tony Wright, Caroline Alex, Jim Simpson and Bobby Winburn. Wright and Simpson will serve one year terms while Alex and Winburn will serve two year terms.

Veterans Day service honors local Vets


The Town of Williamston and the Palmetto High School AFJROTC unit held a Veterans Day service to recognize local veterans and honor those who gave their lives in service to the country. Palmetto AFJROTC Cadet Colonel McKenzie Heatherly read the names of veterans of World War I, Word War II, Korea, Vietnam, and Afghanistan that are listed on the veterans memorial.

Williamston candidates comment on the election

In the Williamston Town Council election last week, Ward 1 write-in incumbent Tony Hagood received 236 write-in votes to challenger Greg Cole’s 166 write-in votes to retain his seat on Town Council. Hagood said he would like to thank everyone who came out on election day and voted and everyone who was instrumental in his opportunity to serve Ward 1 and the Town of Williamston for another term. Hagood thanked those who helped with his campaign including people who provided signs and local businesses that allowed posters to support his campaign.

Local partnership offers job fair, training expo

A WorkReady Job Fair and Training Expo for the towns of Williamston, Pelzer and West Pelzer will be held Thursday, Nov. 13 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Williamston’s Municipal Center.

The expo is being sponsored by a new local partnership initiative Helping Others Pursue Excellence (H.O.P.E.). H.O.P.E. organizer Cindy Robertson said H.O.P.E. is a new local faith partnership initiative that will reach out to community needs and provide a pathway to excellence.

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