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Firefighter directs traffic around scene

A Dunklin firefighter directs traffic around the scene of a two vehicle accident Saturday night on Augusta Road and West Ridgeway Road. Greenville County EMS transported the injured to an area hospital. Northbound traffic on Augusta Road was rerouted through the median for over an hour until the accident was cleared. (Photos by David Rogers)

Three vehicle accident

Medshore Ambulance Service paramedics along with Hopewell firefighters work at the scene of a three vehicle accident on Sunday afternoon. The accident happened at Highway 81 and Oak Hill Road. The injured were taken to AnMed Health. (Photo by David Rogers)

Single vehicle accident

Whitefield firefighters await a state trooper at the scene of a single vehicle accident on Sunday afternoon. The driver of the car was uninjured after she drove off Highway 29 at the intersection of Breazeale Road and struck a utility pole and a ditch. Medshore Ambulance Service also responded to the call. (Photo by David Rogers)

Williamston Fire Department aerial ladder truck arrives

The Williamston Fire Department now has an aerial ladder truck. The 2001 truck was purchased from the Patoka Fire Department in Indiana. Though it is used, it has only 16,000 miles on it. The truck will replace a 1998 truck that was purchased new by the Williamston department. Williamston Fire Chief Steve Ellison said the truck will help the town keep their Class 3 insurance rating and possibly move to a Class 2. The truck is needed for large buildings and churches in the town that do not have sprinkler systems, including town hall. Other large buildings the Williamston Fire Department has includes Cushman, Phoenix (old Mount Vernon/Williamston mill) 24 churches, schools, apartments and several strip malls. The aerial truck will help fight fires with additional height and water support, Chief Ellison said. After a good cleaning following the road trip to Williamston Tuesday, members of the department began training on the new truck.

Pelzer Heritage mill cleanup

On Saturday, members of the Pelzer Heritage Commission along with a number of volunteers including Rockey Burgess, Al and Vivian Shufelt, Will Ragland, Bobby Holiday, Lynn and Olene Bear worked tirelessly throughout the day cleaning the grounds of the Pelzer Office Building, cutting grass and brush around the water tank and old parking lot and other general cleanup.

Storm damage – Hwy. 20

This huge tree was one of several in the area that came down last week when a thunderstorm blew through the area with winds up to 85 mph. The tree actually fell the following morning on Hwy. 20 (Belton Hwy.) blocking traffic and damaging power lines.
Traffic on Hwy. 20 was detoured for several hours while workers cleared the roadway. Williamston Fire Department and Williamston Police Department assisted.

Two injured – Hwy. 81

Two people were injured Friday night in a two vehicle wreck on Highway 81 at McNeely Road. Pelzer EMS transported the injured to the hospital. One of the vehicles overturned on impact. Powdersville firefighters assisted EMS with patient care and traffic control. (Photo by David Rogers)

Palmetto Business Association hosts annual Easter Egg Hunt

The annual Palmetto Business Association (PBA) Easter Egg Hunt was held Saturday in Mineral Spring Park. Pictures are participants in one of the four age groups ready for the next hunt. The event is sponsored by the Palmetto Business Association, Town of Williamston Pastor Bobby Winburn of Restoration Church in Williamston (and PBA) coordinated the event. Cadets of the Palmetto High AFJROTC program and from the Career and Technology Center helped.

PBA Easter Egg Hunt – Go!

Participants in the Palmetto Business Association Easter Egg Hunt make a dash for the nearest candy and eggs during the PBA Easter Egg Hunt held Saturday in Mineral Spring Park. The annual event is free to the public and hosted by area businesses and the Town of Williamston.

One injured when car rear ended at toll booth

Piedmont firefighters along with Greenville EMS personnel work at the scene of a wreck at the Southern Connector toll booth Saturday. A vehicle rear ended another at the SC 20 entrance. One person was transported by Greenville County EMS to the hospital. State troopers investigated the wreck. (Photo by David Rogers)

Williamston SC is in direct path of total solar eclipse

Will have one of longest viewing times in the worldBy David Meade – Williamston is directly in the center of the path of a rare solar eclipse that will take place on Aug. 21, 2017 and will see one of the longest viewing times of the total eclipse of any town in the state and country.
The town, and surrounding area including Piedmont, Pelzer and West Pelzer is perfectly positioned for people to observe and record the historic event.

Two injured in single car accident

Two people were injured late Wednesday night in a single vehicle accident on Main Street in Piedmont. The vehicle struck two utility poles near First Baptist Church Road. The injured were transported to the hospital by Greenville EMS. Piedmont firefighters assisted EMS with patient care and traffic control.

Two vehicle accident

Cheddar firefighters along with Medshore Ambulance Service personnel work at the scene of a two vehicle accident on Thursday afternoon. The accident happened at the intersection of Mahaffey Road and Cannon Bottom Road. Paramedics checked one of the drivers and he declined to be taken to the hospital. Cheddar firefighters assisted with traffic control. (Photo by David Rogers)

Drive shaft on I85 causes problems

Wren firefighters stand by along I-85 Monday night awaiting state troopers. More than 5 cars and a tractor trailer struck a drive shaft that was laying in the lane of travel. The vehicles lined the shoulder of the interstate just before the River Road interchange.  Luckily no one was injured. (Photo by David Rogers)

Hit and run – Hwy. 20

West Pelzer firefighters along with Pelzer EMS work at the scene of a hit and run Monday night. Reportedly a pickup truck and moped collided on Highway 20 near Highway 8 and the truck left the scene. The driver of the moped was not seriously injured. (Photo by David Rogers)

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