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Duke Energy W. S. Lee Steam project 77 percent complete

By David Meade
Work on the new 750-Megawatt Natural Gas Combined-Cycle plant at the Duke Energy W. S. Lee Steam Station site is about three quarters complete while excavation and removal of coal ash now includes a second basin.
According to Duke Energy Corporate Communications spokesperson Danielle Peoples, both projects are progressing as expected and remain on time and on budget.

Statewide business license raises questions for local officials

Information presented at County Municipal meetingBy Stan Welch
Two bills purportedly designed to streamline and standardize the issuance of business licenses across the state have ruffled quite a few feathers among the leaders of some of the small towns in the area.
Introduced by Rep. Bill Sandifer, House Bills 3650 and 3651 are the latest efforts to address business license reform in the General Assembly.

Envision Williamston Facade Improvement Grants now available

Envision Williamston Executive Director Sonya Crandall announced this week that the town’s economic development program is launching a “Facade Improvement Grant Program,” this spring.
“It is intended to stimulate improvements to the exterior of commercial buildings within the Town of Williamston,” Crandall said.

PBA Toast and Topics event February 21

The Palmetto Business Association (PBA) will host the first Toast and Topics event on February 21st at 8 am at Williamston Town Hall.
Barret Foust, President and Owner of Goodwin Foust Custom Homes, will give a presentation on the State of South Carolina Real Estate, addressing future growth patterns, needs for infrastructure, and what to expect over the next decade in real estate trends.

Williamston Police Report

Williamston Police Officers investigated the following incidents:
Feb. 8 – Deborah Ann Martin, 61, 134 Whippoorwill Rd., Pelzer was arrested for leaving the scene of an accident after officers received a call about a hit and run incident in which a fire hydrant on North Hamilton St. was damaged. According to reports, there was a piece of a green truck at the scene and the hydrant was completely disconnected from the pipe. Damage was estimated at $12,000. After checking with local towing services on the rotation list, it was found that a truck had been towed from

Anderson County Sheriff’s Report

Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated the following incidents:
Feb. 10 – R.T. Duncan responded to the WalMart store at 11410 Anderson Rd., where he apprehended Vinson Jordan, WM, 44, 6’1″, 156 pounds, black/brn, of Easley. Jordan had two Batman watches concealed on his person, and he was issued a citation for shoplifting.

Obituaries Week of February 15, 2017


Thayer says she will not run for Senate seat

By Stan Welch – After several weeks of consideration and contemplation, District 9 State Representative Anne Thayer has decided to remain in the House, instead of entering the race for the recently vacated State Senate seat held by Kevin Bryant.
“I gave it a lot of serious thought, but in the end, I decided that I had run for the House in the first place to achieve certain goals for the people of District Nine,” said Thayer in an interview with The Journal.

Old River Road accident

West Pelzer firefighters along with Pelzer EMS await state troopers at the scene of a rollover accident on Saturday morning. The car was traveling east on Old River Road when it left the roadway and overturned. Neither the driver nor passenger were injured. (Photo by David Rogers)

Single vehicle accident – Heavily damaged SUV

South Greenville firefighters responded to a single vehicle accident on Friday night on West Georgia Road to find no one around the heavily damaged SUV. The vehicle had struck two trees and one lane of the roadway was blocked. The state trooper began his investigation into who was driving the vehicle when he arrived. (Photo by David Rogers)

Single vehicle accident – Dorchester Road

Whitefield firefighters work to clean debris from the roadway after a single vehicle accident on Dorchester Road Sunday morning. The driver of a sport utility vehicle ran off the right side of the road and struck a traffic control sign and then ran off the left side of the road and struck another. The vehicle then overturned and came to rest on its wheels on the right side of the road. No one was injured. (Photo by David Rogers)

Two vehicle accident

Piedmont firefighters direct traffic around the scene of a two vehicle accident on Wednesday night. A vehicle ran off the roadway and struck a parked vehicle at a repair garage on SC 20 near Old Pelzer Road knocking it several feet across the yard. The other vehicle ended up in SC 20 again. The driver was not injured. (Photo by David Rogers)

Shady Grove Baptist – celebrating 150 years

By David Meade
One hundred and fifty years ago, Shady Grove Baptist Church was founded when fourteen black men and women set out from nearby Washington Baptist Church, just one and one-half miles east, and began meeting in a Brush Arbor. The date was Feb. 15, 1867, making Shady Grove Baptist one of the oldest churches in Greenville County.

Sheriff McBride addresses county jail overcrowding

By Stan Welch
There has been an eight hundred pound gorilla lurking around Anderson County law enforcement for more than a decade now, and newly installed Sheriff Chad McBride is wasting no time in addressing it.
That eight hundred pound gorilla is a sixty year old detention facility that is currently overcrowded to almost double its approved capacity. Just a few weeks after taking his oath of office, McBride brought the issue to the public, at an appearance before the Anderson First Monday Club Monday.

PBA Toast and Topics event February 21

The Palmetto Business Association (PBA) will host the first Toast and Topics event on February 21st at 8 am at Williamston Town Hall.
Mill Town Place, a new restaurant in West Pelzer, is sponsoring the event, making the event free for Palmetto Business Association members.

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