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Palmetto Business Association to meet January 17

All area businesses invited

The Palmetto Business Association (PBA) will start off the new year with a regular membership luncheon meeting on January 17, 2017 at 12 noon at Williamston Town Hall. There is no charge for this meeting and all business owners, regardless of previous membership standing, are encouraged to attend to learn of the new opportunities that the PBA will offer this year.

Incoming PBA President Blake Sanders said, “The Pametto Business Association is eager to build on the successes of our local business partners and past events. The New Year brings new opportunities for encouragement and engagement within our organization. With a renewed vision of “Building Communities,” the PBA hopes that you’ll choose to be engaged in the many occasions for networking, volunteering, and marketing.”

Williamston Council to meet Jan. 9

The first meeting of the new year for Williamston Town Council will be on January 9, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. No work session is scheduled to be held in advance of the meeting.

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.

Community get-together planned for Pelzer

The Pelzer Heritage Commission will hold a social get-together for upper and lower mill residents at the Pelzer Community Building in the Monkey Park on May 12 at 7 pm. Pelzer residents can find out more about the community and representatives can answer questions that you may have. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided.

Absentee voting underway for Senate District 4 Election

In-house absentee voting is now underway for voters in the Senate Four District, who qualify, and need to cast an absentee ballot for the Special Election may do so during the hours of 8:30 until 5:00 p.m. weekdays. “We have completed all of our testing and preparation for the Absentee Precinct here at our office. We are ready to serve voters that may need to cast an absentee ballot in this election,” said Katy Smith, Director. The Board of Voter Registration and Elections Office is located at 301 North Main Street on the corner of Orr and Main, for questions call 864-260-4035. People are encouraged to visit to learn more about Absentee Voting process.
More on Senate District Four Election . . .

Planning Commission to consider rezoning property

At 304 Beaverdam Road

The Town of Williamston Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on April 14, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at the Williamston Municipal Center, 12 W. Main Street when they meet to consider a request to re-zone property located at 304 Beaverdam Road, from residential to highway commercial. The Planning Commisssion will make their recommendation concerning amending the Zoning Map to Williamston Town Council. The property (Anderson County TMS Number 221-00-03-002) will be rezoned from R-1 – Residential to HC – Highway Commercial.

West Pelzer Crime Watch meets Apr. 5

Rep. Anne Thayer will be the guest speaker at the West Pelzer Crime Watch meeting on April 5th at 6:30 p.m. at Town Hall.

GWBA Easter Egg Hunt Saturday

The Greater Williamston Business Association (GWBA) will sponsor their annual Easter Egg Hunt for ages 10 and under this Saturday, March 19 in Williamston’s Mineral Spring Park. Rain date for the event will be the following Saturday, Mar. 26. 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.

Local pastors join for Holy Week Services

Calvary Baptist to host

Calvary Baptist Church in Williamston is hosting Holy Week Services Mar. 21-25, sponsored by churches in the Williamston community. The services will begin at 12:00 noon with a free lunch provided at 12:30 p.m. The messages each day will be brought by local pastors and focus on the events leading up to the Crucifixion of Jesus on Good Friday. On Monday, Rev. Darrin Johnson from New Prospect Missionary Baptist Church will bring the message.

GWBA Easter Egg Hunt to be held on March 19

The Greater Williamston Business Association (GWBA) will sponsor their annual Easter Egg Hunt for ages 10 and under on Saturday, March 19 in Williamston’s Mineral Spring Park. Rain date for the event will be the following Saturday, Mar. 26. 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.

Pelzer Council schedules work sessions

Pelzer Town Council will be holding monthly work sessions on the fourth Tuesday of each month along with their regular town council meeting which is held on the second Tuesday of each month.

Meetings scheduled for the next three months will be on the following dates:

Tuesday, February 23 – Workshop

Mill Town Players set audition for Oklahoma!- February 27

The Mill Town Players will be holding auditions February 27 at 10 a.m. for their production Oklahoma! Shows run July 15 through Aug. 7 at 7:30 pm Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 3 pm on Sundays. Director and Choreographer will be Lauren Imhoff. For this production, the Mill Town Player are seeking actors ages 12 to adult for all roles with an anticipated cast size of 20-24 . They are seeking strong singers with acting and dance/movement ability.

The theater production is famous for songs including “Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin’”, “The Surrey With The Fringe On Top”, “People Will Say We’re In Love”, “Kansas City”, and “Oklahoma”.

Journal Holiday Schedule

 The Journal offices will be closed during the week of Dec. 21-25 for the Christmas Holidays and will re-open Monday Dec. 28. News items for the Dec. 30 issue (last one of the year) may be mailed, faxed, or emailed or items may be placed in our mail drop box at the front door. Items will be accepted until 12 noon on Dec. 28 for the Dec. 30 issue. We wish our correspondents, advertisers and readers a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Holiday Events

The West Pelzer/Pelzer Christmas Parade will be held this Saturday, Dec. 5 at 3 p.m.

The Belton Christmas Parade will be this Saturday, Dec. 5 at 3:45 p.m.

 The Williamston Cemetery Candlelight Service will be Thursday, Dec. 10 at 5:30 p.m.

The Piedmont Christmas Parade will be held next Saturday, Dec. 12 at 11am.

The Williamston Christmas Parade will be held Saturday, December 12 at 3 p.m.

The Western Carolina Railway Service Corporation “Santa Express” will make stops in the area on Saturday, Dec. 12.

The Palmetto Area Cultural Arts Center at The Artory will host its second annual Christmas Dinner Theater Fundraiser at 6:30 pm on Saturday, Dec. 12.

The Mill Town Players will present Rock and Roll Christmas Dec. 4-20 at the Historic Pelzer Auditorium.

Pelzer is holding a Deck the Doors decorating contest. Contact Heather Holcombe @ 864/947-631 or pelzeradmin@att. net for more information.

Deck the Halls in Williamston’s Municpal Center will be available for viewing 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through the holiday season.

The 12th annual Fork Shoals Christmas Parade will be held Sunday, Dec. 13 at 3 pm. For information, contact Tuffy Atkins at or Gloria Hughey at

Candy Corn Walk Oct. 24 at Cheddar Fire Dept.

The Cheddar Fire Dept. will have a candy corn walk fundraiser on October 24 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

This will be a fundraiser for the fire dept. and is appropriate for all ages. Admission is $3 for non-scary trick-or-treating.

Everyone is invited for great fun, food and candy. The dept. is located at 13715 Hwy. 20, Belton.

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